Serge Aurier Helps Save Moussa Doumbia's Life in Ivory Coast vs. Mali

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 12, 2016

Ivory Coast's Serge Aurier vies with Mali's Moussa Doumbia (R) and Youssouf Kone (L) during the FIFA World Cup 2018 football qualification match between Ivory Coast and Mali at the stade de la Paix in Bouake on October 8, 2016. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain and Ivory Coast star Serge Aurier helped save Moussa Doumbia's life after the Mali forward was knocked unconscious on Saturday. 

According to French outlet RMC (h/t BBC Sport), Aurier prevented his opponent from swallowing his tongue after he lost consciousness following a challenge from Sunderland defender Lamine Kone, earning the praise of Mali boss Alain Giresse, who hailed his "superb reactions."

He said: "All the players realised that Doumbia was choking and was about to swallow his tongue. 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."

According to ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson, Doumbia had an epileptic fit 20 minutes into the game. Per Goal's Loic Tanzi (h/t Johnson), Mali national team coordinator Fousseni Diawara added: "On Sunday, Aurier was at our hotel to ask after our guy."

Aurier also hit the headlines in the 3-1 win for the wrong reasons "by making a throat-slit gesture towards the crowd" after the Elephants' final goal.

The PSG full-back was suspended by the club in February after making homophobic comments about then-manager Laurent Blanc and former team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and in September he was handed a two-month jail sentence for elbowing a police officer.

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