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.
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.
A clip of Coates comes to Salin’s aid, making sure he doesn’t choke on his tongue after Salin went face first with the post. Well done Coates! You may not have the armband, but no doubt you’re a captain & a big example for this team! @SebastianCoates 👏👏💚 pic.twitter.com/VQRwUytsVI
— Sporting160 EN (@Sporting160EN) October 8, 2018
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.