Keeper saves fan’s life after getting red card

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A former Frickley Athletic goalkeeper went from villain to hero when he saved a rival fan’s life just minutes after being sent off in a football match.

Ben Scott, ’keeper for Stocksbridge Park Steels, rushed into the stands along with St John Ambulance workers to treat the man, who had suffered a suspected cardiac arrest.

Mr Scott, 29, had been sent off for a dangerous tackle just moments earlier in the away match against King’s Lynn Town on Saturday, August 24. He helped to stabilise the man by shocking his heart back into a normal rhythm.

The man, who is in his 70s, was taken to hospital, where he recovered and is now back at home.

Mr Scott, a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, said: “I started walking off the field, getting a nice bit of abuse as you do, when I noticed a young girl running past me. She said, ‘a gentleman’s died’, so I followed her into the crowd and came across the gentleman on the floor.

“His heart was in an irregular rhythm.”

“It does put things into perspective - you do realise that football is only a game.”