The mother of a young Manchester City supporter has come out to react after her boy was saved by club defender, Joao Cancelo during the club’s EPL title celebrations. She recently had her say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to her, her son could have died while the entire fanbase were celebrating the victory vs Aston Villa if not for the quick thinking and support of Joao Cancelo.
The fan’s mother, Lauren added that her son just took off running to also celebrate, forgetting he has autism and how dangerous his decision could be for his health.
His words, “He took off running, he’s got autism and not aware of dangers or anything so got excited and started running.”
“He goes to the stadium with his dad quite a lot, especially recently. I was watching on the telly and saw Lee running across the pitch but not Ollie. I was panicking and trying to get hold of his dad. He saw the Aston Villa keeper getting hit a foot away, you can see him on the videos. It scared him a bit and he saw Cancelo and headed towards him.”
“Cancelo pulled him in, both arms around him like a bear hug, kissed the top of his head and was pushing people back. It was quite quick but people were pushing and shoving. My son was terrified. He can’t be on his own, has to be supervised, it was unfortunate he got on the pitch before his dad and took off.”
“He said if it wasn’t for Cancelo, who didn’t just hug him, he kept his arms around him which gave his dad time to get there. If he hadn’t, especially the size of the men. He’s pressed up against Cancelo’s chest with all these men crushing up against him. It could have been a completely different story, a little boy on his own on the pitch. That man should have been running around screaming and celebrating this win, but instead took time to stop and look after a little boy.”
“He was being mobbed himself, you’d expect him to try and get off the pitch. He completely stopped to look after this little boy who he has no connection to. He probably won’t see it as a big deal, he would have been trampled if not.”
“He kissed him on the forehead and reassured him, he could see he was scared. As a mum, 600 miles away there’s nothing you can do. My heart sank when I saw his dad running across the pitch. His dad said the same, how do you find a four-foot-tall boy in a sea of big burly men screaming and shouting?”
“For a minute everything stopped. Once he put his arms out for his dad, Cancelo pushed a guy away to clear a path back to his dad. He went about his business, we had no way to thank him, no way for him to know how grateful we are for what he did.”
“We’re too quick as a nation to go to the papers to complain about everything but never to highlight anything good. We should recognise things like this.”
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