In a Premier League encounter between Bournemouth and Luton Town at Vitality Stadium on Saturday (16/12/2023), the match was suspended following the collapse of Luton Town’s captain, Tom Lockyer. The game, which stood at a 1-1 draw, will be rescheduled and replayed in its entirety.
The incident occurred in the 65th minute when Tom Lockyer collapsed on the field while not in possession of the ball. Immediate medical attention was provided on the field before he was rushed to the hospital.
Players temporarily entered the dressing room while Lockyer received treatment. Referee Simon Hooper, with the agreement of both teams, decided not to continue the match.
Tom Lockyer was revealed to have suffered a heart attack and is currently undergoing recovery in the hospital. Luton Town expressed gratitude to the medical teams and Bournemouth for their prompt response to the unfortunate incident involving the Welsh player.
“Our medical staff has confirmed that the Hatters’ captain suffered a heart attack on the field but was responsive as he was stretchered off. He received further treatment within the stadium, and once again, we express our thanks to the medical teams from both sides,” stated Luton Town in an official statement.
“Tom has been transferred to the hospital, where we can reassure supporters that he is stable and currently undergoing further tests accompanied by his family. We want to thank everyone for their support, concern, and messages of love for Locks,” they added.
The fixture between AFC Bournemouth and Luton Town has been suspended.
All our thoughts are with Tom Lockyer at this time. 🧡 pic.twitter.com/cBQhMC5EHu
— Luton Town FC (@LutonTown) December 16, 2023
According to the Daily Mail, the Bournemouth vs Luton Town match will be replayed entirely from the beginning. This decision aligns with Premier League Rule L15, which states that any match suspended with the referee’s consent will be replayed, and the Premier League Board will confirm the date and kick-off time.
The Premier League Board has the authority to order the entire or partial replay of matches that have not completed 90 minutes or allow the result at the time of suspension to stand.
The rescheduled date for the replay of the Bournemouth vs Luton Town match has not yet been announced by the Premier League Board.