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Martin offers condolences to Wycombe fan Mark Bird

Russell Martin speaks following the tragic death of Wycombe Wanderers supporter Mark Bird...

31 January 2020

Russell Martin has offered his condolences to Wycombe Wanderers and the family and friends of Mark Bird, following the Chairboys supporter’s tragic death on Tuesday.

Wycombe Wanderers confirmed this week that Mark Bird passed away after suffering a heart attack at Adams Park ahead of their fixture against Blackpool. He was taken by ambulance to Wexham Park Hospital but could not be resuscitated and died later that evening.

“It’s a tragic incident and it’s something that goes way beyond football,” Martin, a former Wycombe player, said in his pre-match press conference ahead of this weekend’s Sky Bet League One fixture with the Chairboys at Stadium MK.

“I would like to offer my condolences, personally, and those of the Club to Wycombe and everyone affected.”

A medical emergency also took place at Stadium MK on Tuesday, involving MK Dons supporter Chris Saunders.

Chris’ wife Alison confirmed on social media that her husband is recovering in hospital after suffering a heart attack and Martin was keen to pass on his best wishes to Chris and his family.

“Fortunately for Chris and his family it appears he has come through it okay. Fingers crossed we get to see him the next week or two, once he’s on the road to recovery. We’ll be looking to take a few players down to see him.”

Martin added: “It’s hugely sad that people have gone to watch their football team play and it’s resulted in such difficult circumstances. For me, it’s important we pass on our best wishes to all those involved.”


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