Fourth official Kevin Friend was taken to hospital after collapsing during Bournemouth vs Southampton clash.
The 44-year-old who sustained head injury was replaced by Dean Treleaven, a qualified official who has previously taken charge of Under-21 fixtures .
The second half of Bournemouth’s home Premier League clash against Southampton was delayed to allow fourth official Kevin Friend to receive treatment for a cut.
Friend,reportedly collapsed and hit his head on one of the dugouts at the Vitality Stadium shortly before the half-time break.
Match referee Mike Dean stopped play, before briefly restarting with a drop ball and immediately blowing the whistle for the break.
Friend, who hails from Leicester, was awake and concious while he received treatment in the dugout. He was subsequently taken to hospital for checks.
The incident was confirmed at half-time and the half-time break was extended by a further five minutes.
Friend was replaced by Dean Treleaven, a fully qualified official who has taken charge of Under-21 fixtures in the past.
Bournemouth were leading the game at the end of the first half, having opened the scoring through defender Steve Cook.
AUTHOR: COLLETA JUMA