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Evo-Stik linesman saves player’s life during match

Linesman Zharir Mustafa saved a player’s life after giving first aid treatment after the striker suffered a serious head injury.

Mustafa had been officiating an Evo-Stik NPL North match between Colwyn Bay and Trafford FC when visiting forward Danny Frost collided with a perimeter barrier and swallowed his tongue.

The match was abandoned after 65 minutes.

Mustafa has been hailed as a hero, but told BBC Sport he does not see himself as one and did “what anyone else would have done”.

Describing what occurred during the game, he said: “The player was not breathing when I got to him and I had to open his mouth, pull his tongue out before getting him breathing again. I put him in the recovery position.”

An air ambulance had been called but was unable to attend because of the adverse weather and so Mustafa – who was closest to the incident – and the physios had to hold Frost in one position until the land ambulance could attend.

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.

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

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