Martin Berkovec thanks Francis Kone for saving his life in Czech Republic game

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A player saved a goalkeeper's life during a Czech League game after the keeper swallowed his tongue. A warning these pictures may be distressing.

Francis Kone has been hailed as a hero after saving an opponent's life during a game in the Czech Republic on Saturday.

The Slovacko striker reacted quickly when Bohemians goalkeeper Martin Berkovec was knocked unconscious after a collision with his team-mate Daniel Krch half an hour into the game.

Togo international Kone rushed to Berkovec's aid and put his fingers into the keeper's mouth to retrieve his tongue after he had swallowed it.

Berkovec and Krch were both taken to hospital after the incident, with most concern about Berkovec, but the stadium announcer was able to confirm his speedy recovery before the end of the game.

Before Saturday was over, Berkovec was able to thank Kone on Facebook, saying in a post: "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!!!"

Kone said previous incidents while playing football had helped him gain the knowledge to help Berkovec in a speedy manner.

He told Czech media: "It wasn't the first time I have done that. It's something like the fourth time. Twice in Africa, once in Thailand. I immediately checked to see if he had swallowed his tongue."

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