Every soccer team needs someone like Francis Kone on its side.
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.
Kone’s heroics were caught on camera and the footage is now going viral, with dozens of Twitter users dubbing him a “hero.”
“It wasn’t the first time I have done that. It’s 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 I’m concerned, that was more important than the whole game,” he added.