Petr Cech really is one of football’s good guys.
The Arsenal goalkeeper has been through a lot during his career, namely the fractured skull he suffered against Reading in 2006 that nearly killed him.
But Cech has used that ordeal to help others, particularly Ryan Mason.
Mason suffered a similarly horrible injury, colliding with Gary Cahill during Hull’s Premier League encounter with Chelsea just over a year ago.
The Tigers’ midfielder had been working towards a comeback but after medical advice decided to hang up his boots for good on Tuesday.
Mason, in an exclusive interview with talkSPORT last year, was quick to acknowledge the help and support he received from Cech during his rehabilitation.
He said: “I can’t speak highly enough of him.
“Straight away, he contact my family, my fiance and just sort of reassured us that what we were going through was sort of normal and to be expected: not being able to talk, struggling with the light and everything like that.
“He’s been fantastic. He’s kind of set the standard of what it is to be a proper man and a gentleman.”
And Cech was quick to leave a tribute of his own after Mason announced his retirement, labelling him an ‘incredible young man’.
The Arsenal star took to Twitter to say:
Sometimes, there’s more important things in football than rivalry.
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