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Footballer Aboubakary Koita rushes to hospital just before taking free-kick in relegation game to be with wife in labour

ABOUBAKARY KOITA was given a hospital pass as he rushed from the football pitch just before taking a free-kick to be with his wife.

The footballer was allowed to leave the relegation clash early to be with his wife in labour in hospital.

The Waasland-Beveren forward was poised to take a free-kick late in their crucial match against Cercle.

But the 22-year-old was called to the bench and given a message by coach Nicky Hayen.

Koita was replaced with news his heavily-pregnant wife was about to give birth.

The attacker was allowed to leave before the final whistle as he sped off to the hospital to be with his family.


It was a happy time off the pitch but for Waasland-Beveren it was not such a joyous occasion with the side losing 2-0.

The defeat leaves Koita's side bottom of the Belgian First Division table.

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