SUNDERLAND midfielder Alfred N’Diaye played his part in averting potential tragedy on the final day of the Spanish league season yesterday.
N’Diaye, on loan at relegated Real Betis, was featuring in the La Liga clash at Osasuna when a barrier collapsed in the crowd and fans spilled onto the pitch after the opening goal from the hosts.
The midfielder carried a small boy away from the wreckage, although only minor injuries were sustained by the 68 people involved in the incident.
Osasuna had just scored. People were celebrating the goal, there was a stampede to the front and the metal barrier dropped,” said N’Diaye.
“It was amazing because even though it is not a big stand it is very vertical.
“And there, I saw people on each other. I do not know how, maybe a few dozen. It was shocking.
“I went to see if everyone was okay. I saw a little one who was not well. There were not enough rescuers so my team-mates and I, we tried to help. In those moments, you do not think football.
“I just saw the pictures and we see that it is a little panicked. But hey, you’re relieved that there were no deaths and only minor injuries.”
N’Diaye is expected to leave Sunderland on a permanent deal this summer after spending the campaign on loan at Turkish side Eskisehirspor and then Betis.