Striker saves op­pos­ing goalie’s life

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS -

PRAGUE, CZECH RE­PUB­LIC — For the fourth time in his ca­reer, striker Fran­cis Kone rushed to the rescue on the soc­cer field to help save some­one’s life.

The Togo in­ter­na­tional jumped into ac­tion on Satur­day when the op­pos­ing goal­keeper in a Czech league match was ly­ing mo­tion­less af­ter a col­li­sion with a team­mate.

Kone, who plays for Czech club Slo­vacko, re­acted quickly and was able to stop Bo­hemi­ans goal­keeper Martin Berkovec from swal­low­ing his tongue, al­low­ing him to breathe freely. The in­ci­dent hap­pened in the 29th minute af­ter Berkovec col­lided with team­mate Daniel Krch.

Af­ter the match, Kone re­vealed it was the fourth time he had been able to help in such cir­cum­stances fol­low­ing two in­ci­dents in Africa and one in Thai­land.

Berkovec thanked Kone on Face­book “for his quick ac­tion in sav­ing me.” The league called Kone the “hero” of the match.

BO­HEMI­ANS.CZ, THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Fran­cis Kone, left, re­acted quickly and helped to save life of Martin Berkovec af­ter a col­li­sion with a team­mate.

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