The incident happened in a friendly near Cordoba
A young Spanish referee has been widely praised for saving the life of a player during a football match near Cordoba last week.
Daniel Garcia came to the rescue of the unnamed player, who swallowed his tongue after an accidental clash of heads in the game between Urgavona and Villa del Rio.
"I bent down and tried by all means open his mouth and stick out his tongue. I could shove my nails between the teeth and fingers then. I opened his mouth and thankfully two nurses appeared," Garcia told Marca.
Enorme actuación árbitro Daniel García Cordobés abriendo vías respiratorias jugador Urgavona en Villa del Río pic.twitter.com/W9tXZjK0ee— Árbitros Córdoba (@cordobaarbitros) September 1, 2016
The player was brought to the nearby Alto Guadalquivir Andujar Hospital by the two nurses Lola and Mari Angeles where he made a full recovery.