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Linesman saves players life after Swallowing tongue

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A linesman has been hailed a "hero" after giving life-saving first aid treatment to a player who had suffered a serious head injury.

Zharir Mustafa reacted after Trafford FC forward Danny Frost collided with a perimeter barrier and swallowed his tongue in a match at Colwyn Bay.

Mustafa told BBC Sport he does not see himself as a hero and did "what anyone else would have done".

The Evo-Stik NPL North match was abandoned after 65 minutes.

Frost was taken to a local hospital for a brain scan and checks before being given the all-clear and allowed to return home.

Gary Frost, Danny's father, said he was "eternally grateful" to Mustafa. "You sir, are a hero," he said.

He and both clubs also thanked Trafford physio Jake North, who "lay on a soaking pitch for 50 minutes supporting Danny's head".

Frost wrote on Twitter: "Words cannot describe how grateful I am and overwhelmed with all your messages."

Trafford chairman John Eadie told BBC Sport Mustafa's "great job saved the player's life".

He added: "Danny knows very little about the incident, he was out cold for about 10 to 15 minutes and experiencing convulsions.

"He woke up startled, not knowing where he was and is still sore down one side. Incredibly, he wants to play on Saturday and is raring to go, but I think that is unlikely."

JC

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