Controversial defender Serge Aurier helped save the life of one of his opponents during Ivory Coast’s win over Mali in a FIFA World Cup qualifier over the weekend.
Mali’s Moussa Doumbia had collapsed during the early stages of the clash between both countries and is reported to have started swallowing his tongue.
However, PSG defender Aurier, was quick to put Doumbia on his side to help him and later visited the player in hospital.
“Doumbia fell and was swallowing his own tongue and Serge was one of the first to arrive and help,” said Mali boss Fousseni Diawara.
“That’s when Aurier, with one of our players, quickly put him on his side and pulled out his tongue, because he was about to lose his life.
“There is one thing nobody is talking about, which is the manner in which he helped a Malian on the pitch.”
The right-back would later return to his controversial self after his heroics when he made a throat-slit gesture after Ivory Coast scored their final goal in a 3-1 victory.
“On Monday, we flew back to Paris together and we did not talk about it [the throat-slit gesture],” he told Goal.com.
“Instead, he was praising our team. Ivory Coast-Mali is a hotly contested derby for both sets of supporters because the Malians and Ivorians are a bit like cousins.”