Just a short shout out to footballers in Ukraine practicing fair play in the most real of ways, even while the future of the country remains in limbo. On the weekend during a Dynamo Kiev-Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk match Dynamo captain Oleg Gusev ended up on the wrong side of a strong challenge from Dnipro keeper Denys Boyko. What happened next was frightening, but it brought out the best in humanity.

Dnipro’s Georgian midfielder Jaba Kankava reacted immediately (and seemingly, instinctively) by reaching into Gusev’s mouth to grab his tongue before it was swallowed, saving the Dynamo captain’s life. A YouTube video shows the incident: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c39r13JBCyE.

Indeed, it was an amazing act in a country that has been in the news lately for all the wrong reasons. Respect to Kankava for bringing Ukraine to the forefront of world news for the right reasons and above all for saving a fellow human being’s life.

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