Hero Sheffield goalkeeper saves life of fan

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A Sheffield footballer has been hailed a hero - after saving the life of a rival fan.

Ben Scott, aged 30, the goalkeeper for Stocksbridge Park Steels, was heading down the players’ tunnel after being sent off in the final minutes over a high tackle.

But Ben turned back when he heard cries for help coming from the crowd.

Instinctively the qualified nurse, who works at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, ran back out onto the pitch to the rescue of a supporter who had suddenly collapsed on the terraces.

The spectator, a man in his 70s, had stopped breathing, so Ben took of his gloves and helped to charity volunteers deliver CPR and use a defibrillator.

The stricken fan is now recovering in hospital after the footballer was able to restore his heartbeat.

Ben said: “If I hadn’t been sent off or if I wasn’t playing playing in the game, I wouldn’t have been able to help the gentleman. All I can hope is that he makes some kind of recovery. He’s been given the best chance.”

The dramatic incident happened during Stocksbridge Park Steels’ 3-3 draw against King’s Lynn Town at their ground in Norfolk on Saturday.