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Cardiff City stand fall fan returning home

Ryan Oliver
Image caption Ryan Oliver was discharged from hospital in London on Sunday

A Cardiff City football supporter who escaped with minor injuries after falling from a stand during Saturday's match at Millwall is on his way home.

Ryan Oliver, 35, from Ynyshir, Rhondda, fell about 20ft (6m) from the upper tier of the New Den ground while celebrating a goal.

Kevin Oliver said his son has three broken fingers and had suffered some spinal damage.

The club had offered to bring his son home, he said.

The Metropolitan Police said the fan, who was taken by ambulance to a south London hospital, "sustained minor injuries".

Initially, it was believed Mr Oliver had been seriously injured in the fall during the game.

Image caption Police and paramedics attended to the injured fan

A spokesman for the force said: "His injuries are not life-threatening. He is a very, very lucky man."

He added that the incident was not being treated as a criminal matter. No-one has been arrested.

Play was not interrupted while paramedics treated the injured fan.

Officials from Cardiff City are reported to have spent some hours with Mr Oliver after the game.

Cardiff City chief executive Gethin Jenkins told BBC Radio Wales: "Our thoughts are with him and his family at this time. Obviously it puts football into perspective."

He said some players had been affected by what happened.

"Two or three of them seem to have seen it. It was horrendous, coming off the balcony."

Mr Jenkins paid tribute to the emergency services at the New Den.

"They reacted very quickly," he said, "Both the police and ambulance guys there.

"We have no complaints. Millwall have been great from that perspective. Let's just hope that everything's going to be okay."

The championship game ended 3-3.

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