The Serie A match between Udinese and Roma officially been suspended after Giallorossi defender Evan Ndicka was stretchered off the field of play with worrying chest pains.

The Ivorian international lay down on the ground after raising his hand to his chest in the moments prior.

The medical staff were immediately called for, and Ndicka was rushed off the pitch on a stretcher.

A defibrillator was available, but was not used, as Ndicka remained conscious and alert.

He was even able to give a thumbs up to supporters on his way off the field.

Play had only just resumed after an interruption, which was when a pitch invader run on to the turf in an attempt to grab a selfie with Paulo Dybala.

As Ndicka was being seen to by medics in a room just off the tunnel, play was suspended for over 15 minutes.

Referee Luca Pairetto made it clear that he would respect the wishes of the players and coaching staff over the continuation of play.

Roma coach Daniele De Rossi had been addressing his squad on the touchline before the decision was made to formally suspend the match.

It is not yet known when the remaining action of Udinese-Roma will be played out, but when it does, it will be resumed from the same scoreline and from the minute where play stopped.

At the time of Ndicka’s incident, there were 18 minutes plus stoppages left on the clock, with the scores level at 1-1.

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