Marouane Fellaini has been labeled a 'hero' by the lady he saved from being crushed during a football match between Manchester United and Hull City on Saturday.
Fans were caught in a frenzy after Marcus Rashford scored a last-minute winner at the KCOM Stadium. Having failed to capitalise on a host of chances, the relief amongst the traveling contingent was clear to see.
They were further encouraged to celebrate when Rashford jumped straight into them but things quickly turned sour when the advertising boards in front of them collapsed.
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Gale Allen, 59, from Stretford, was unfortunate enough to be on the front row at the time and found herself being crushed by a large number of other people.
Fellaini quickly stopped celebrating and was seen frantically trying to free Ms Allen from her struggle. His quick-thinking saved her from a potentially dangerous situation and he was widely praised for his actions.
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But no one is more thankful than the lady herself, who spoke to The Mirror in the hope that her heartfelt thanks make it back to the Belgian midfielder.
She said: "I was simply celebrating when the hoarding collapsed with others on top of me.
"I was being crushed. Fellaini came to my rescue - my hero."
Rashford was booked for the incident but the Football Association would do well to remind Premier League footballers exactly why it is dangerous to goad fans into intense celebrations. Equally, exactly why Hull City's advertising boards collapsed should come under scrutiny.
No good deed goes unpunished
But while Fellaini was definitely due some good karma for his efforts, he only got the bad kind. Jose Mourinho later revealed that the former Everton man would be out 'for a while' after suffering a back injury.
"I am going to lose Fellaini for a while,” Mourinho confirmed in his post-match press conference. “He has a muscle injury in his back and it is not good."
That could mean he will miss the Manchester derby, scheduled for September 10th. Last season, such news would have been of little concern to United fans, who widely believed he had no future at Old Trafford.
But his rough and tumble style appears to have won over the Special One, who has started him in every Premier League game thus far.
Perhaps while he is recovering he get himself a job as a steward at Old Trafford.
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