Football heroics in the Czech Republic are making international headlines this morning as a weekend match between Praha Bohemians 1905 and Slovácko saw a feel-good outcome despite the goalless score.
Local media sources, including iSport.cz, are reporting that Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec collided with defender Daniel Krch 30 minutes into the First League game.
The collision knocked out Berkovec who subsequently swallowed his tongue. Opposing striker Francis Koné, the nearest player on the pitch, rushed to the unconscious player’s assistance, removing his tongue from his mouth.
Koné’s quick thinking likely saved Berkovec’s life. The 28-year-old later underwent a CT scan and spent a night in the hospital for observation.
He has already thanked Koné on Facebook:
“I would like to thank Francis Koné for rescue and emergency at today’s game…I’m glad for the relief and thanks again!!!”
According to multiple sources, this is the fourth time the Ivorian-born Koné has performed lifesaving acts on the football pitch.
Berkovec is expected to make a full recovery.