STRIKER Francis Kone was hailed a hero, for saving the life of the opposing goalkeeper who required his life-saving assistance on the pitch in the Czech Republic.

Kone was on hand when Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper Martin Berkovec collided with one of his defender’s Daniel Krch after 30 minutes of Saturdays league game.

Opposition striker Kone was the nearest player on the pitch and immediately rushed to the keeper’s aid who was out cold after the collision.

Berkovec  had swallowed his tongue and Kone, who sensed straight away the keeper was in trouble, pulled it out, thereby saving his life according to reports in the Czech Republic.

Even more surprising, was the fact this was the FOURTH time the Ivory Coast striker had been in the right place at the right time to save another players life on the pitch.

Kone revealed after the game:”It has been four times. Once in Thailand and twice in Africa. I’m always checking the players, to make sure they have not swallowed their tongue.”

Berkovec underwent a CT scan in hospital and spent the night under observation and is expected to make a full recovery.

After the game, the Bohemians 1905 goalkeeper posted the following message on Facebook: “I would like to thank Francis Kone for rescue and emergency at today’s game… I’m glad for the relief and thanks again!!!”

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