Spanish referee saves the life of a player who swallowed his own tongue

The incident happened in a friendly near Cordoba

BY Daniel Kelly 10:45 Tuesday 6 September 2016, 10:45 6 Sep 2016

Picture by: John Walton/EMPIC Sports

A young Spanish referee has been widely praised for saving the life of a player during a football match near Cordoba last week.

Daniel Garcia came to the rescue of the unnamed player, who swallowed his tongue after an accidental clash of heads in the game between Urgavona and Villa del Rio. 

"I bent down and tried by all means open his mouth and stick out his tongue. I could shove my nails between the teeth and fingers then. I opened his mouth and thankfully two nurses appeared," Garcia told Marca.

The player was brought to the nearby Alto Guadalquivir Andujar Hospital by the two nurses Lola and Mari Angeles where he made a full recovery.





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