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Footballer saves the life of opponent who swallowed his tongue

Czech goalkeeper Martin Berkovec had collapsed after colliding with a team-mate.


A FOOTBALLER SAVED an opponent’s life after he swallowed his tongue during a league game in the Czech Republic.

Bohemians goalkeeper Martin Berkovec fell unconcious after a collision with his team-mate, prompting a Slovacko player to run to his aid.

Togolese striker Francis Kone put his finger in Berkovec’s mouth to retrieve his tongue, while other players placed him in the recovery position.

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“It wasn’t the first time I have done that,” ESPN reports Kone as saying. “It’s something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand.

I immediately checked to see if he had swallowed his tongue.”

Video footage shows medics rushing onto the pitch to attend to Berkovec and his team-mate Daniel Krch, who was unable to get up after the collision.

The pair were later transferred to hospital.

Goalkeeper Berkovec has since posted a message on Facebook, thanking Kone for rescuing him.

“I would like to thank Francis Kone for his quick action in saving me during today’s match … I am grateful for the prompt help and once again THANK YOU!!!”

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