The moment a former Liverpool defender saves the life of Sporting Lisbon team-mate

Sporting Lisbon may have lost, but Sebastian Coates’ actions made sure it was not a tragic afternoon

Former Liverpool and Sunderland defender Sebastian Coates’ quick-thinking saved a team-mate’s life at the weekend.

The Uruguayan is currently playing for Sporting Lisbon in Portugal and started their 4-2 defeat against Portimonense.

As goalkeeper Romain Salin attempted to keep out the hosts’ second goal, he collided with the post and was knocked unconscious.

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Coates saw that his team-mate was in trouble and acted quickly, placing two fingers into Salin’s mouth to stop him swallowing his tongue, one of the substitutes warming up behind the goal also rushed to help.

He frantically waved at Sporting’s medical side to come on and assist, with his actions ensuring that the incident did not have a tragic end.


Salin was treated on the pitch and taken to hospital, before the game resumed.

Coates did score later in the game, but Sporting lost 4-2. More importantly, though, Salin is expected to make a full recovery.