Slavia president saves player's life on pitch

SOFIA - Slavia Sofia president Ventsislav Stefanov ran onto the field to save the life of one of his players who collapsed and swallowed his tongue during a Bulgarian junior league match, local media reported on Friday.

Slavia player Radomir Nikov was left unconsciousness following a challenge from Zhivko Atanasov, which the referee did not stop play for, during the 1-0 win over city rivals Levski Sofia on Thursday.

"I saw our lad collapsing and I needed no permission from the match officials to rush onto the pitch and help him," Stefanov was quoted as saying.

"I didn't hesitate," he said. "But in a moment like this I would do the same for anyone, not only for a Slavia player."

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