Devon

Steve Perryman undergoes emergency heart surgery

Steve Perryman
Image caption The 60-year-old former Spurs captain complained of shortness of breath at the match

Exeter City's director of football Steve Perryman is in intensive care after emergency heart surgery.

A statement from the club said Perryman, 60, became unwell at the game against Sheffield United on Saturday.

He was taken from St James Park to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and later transferred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The club said the former Tottenham captain underwent "successful" heart surgery on Sunday morning.

"Needing complete rest, Steve will not be contactable until further notice," the statement said.

"On Steve and his wife Kim's behalf we would to say thank you for all the kind messages of goodwill."

Perryman, who is Tottenham's record appearance holder and who played once for England, was watching as his current side - who were already condemned to relegation - drew 2-2 with the Blades.

Dave Bennett from Exeter City Supporters' Club said: "The important thing about Exeter City is that it's a family club and every supporter within the club will be thinking of him and his family.

"We just wish them well and hope Steve makes a really speedy recovery."

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