AUSTRALIA’S A-League has been slammed for lack of ambulances on site after Adelaide star Juande suffered a horrific lower leg injury against Melbourne City.
The horrifying incident happened earlier today during the 3-3 draw in the top game.
Juande was challenging City’s Florin Berenguer for the ball in the 66th minute at AAMI Park when a loud crack was heard on impact.
This resulted in the lower part of the Spaniard’s right leg sticking out to the left at an unnatural angle as players from both sides, some in tears, immediately called for paramedics.
However, it took 13 MINUTES for an ambulance to arrive on the ground, with Juande’s leg shielded so he could not be shown on camera during treatment.
Ambulances Victoria have not been stationed at A-League games since November 2018 due to the decision to use ambulance doctors at stadiums instead.
Juande was eventually taken to the hospital and operated on tonight.
Adelaide’s Australia manager Carl Veart, who previously played for Sheffield United, Wolves and Millwall in England, said: “It’s something you never want to experience on a football pitch.
“It was hard to see and hard to have to wait so long for him to be removed from the pitch. I’m just devastated for him.
“As I understand it, it is a matter for the Victorian Government not to have an ambulance at sporting events. I think it’s the only state in Australia.
“It’s disappointing in a professional sport that you don’t have emergency care right away because he was in a lot of pain and to wait so long – it wasn’t a nice thing to witness.”
The A-League later confirmed the ambulance policy to AAP.
A-League commissioner Greg O’Rourke said: “In November 2018 Ambulance Victoria’s inpatient ambulance services were suspended and paramedics were installed at the stadium in their place.
“Emergency doctors are doctors who specialize in emergency medicine. As medical specialists, they are able to provide a higher level of care than a paramedic.
“This change was approved by PFA (Professional Footballers Australia) in 2018 and has been policy in Victoria ever since. In all other states it is still common to have stationary ambulances.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/7257143/a-league-adelaide-juande-horror-broken-leg-melbourne-city/ The A-League collapsed as the player waited agonizingly 13 MINUTES for treatment for his broken leg with no ambulance at hand