Heroic Soccer Player Saves Rival’s Life After On-Field Collision

Every soccer team needs someone like Francis Kone on its side.

On Saturday, the quick-thinking striker for Czech First League team Slovacko saved the life ofan opponent whod been knocked unconscious during a game.

Instead of waiting for medical staff to arrive on the pitch, he pushed his fingers into the mouth of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who plays for the rival Bohemians 1905 team, to stop him from choking on his tongue.

Berkovec was stretchered off the pitch and treated at hospital. After making afull recovery, he paid heartfelt tribute to Kone via Facebook:

Kones heroics were caught on camera and the footage is now going viral, with dozens of Twitter users dubbing him a hero.

The Ivory Coast-born Kone, who has played atinternational level for Togo, appeared to play down the incident at the opposition teamsDolicek Stadium in Prague.

It wasnt the first time I have done that.Its something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand, Sky Sports News reports him telling Czech media after the game, which ended in a 0-0 draw.

Bohemians manager Miroslav Koubek also expressed his gratitude to Kone, who he said acted very professionally.

As far as Im concerned, that was more important than the whole game, he added.

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