A grandmother caught in a terrifying crush at a football match has praised Manchester United star Marouane Fellaini for rescuing her, calling him her ‘hero’.
Gale Allen, 59, from Stretford, near Manchester, was trapped against an advertising board during goal celebrations at the KCom Stadium on Saturday.
The injury-time strike against Hull by 18-year-old Marcus Rashford sent United fans wild, with many spilling onto the pitch as the board collapsed.
In extraordinary scenes, Fellaini, 28, was seen rushing to Gale’s aid after noticing she was caught in the melee and crying out in distress.
Now, the supporter – who was pulled from the scrum – has paid tribute to the Belgian midfielder, saying he heroically saved her from ‘being crushed’.
Referring to the Mirror’s article on the incident, she said: “I was simply celebrating when the hoarding collapsed with others on top of me.
“I was being crushed. Fellaini came to my rescue – my hero.”
Gale, who lives with her husband Bill in Stretford, was pictured being rescued by Fellaini as she struggled to breathe after Rashford’s late winner.
Dressed in a pink hooded top, she could be seen crying out, with a pained expression on her face, as she was crushed against the board.
The images show Fellaini breaking away from his teammates before rushing over to Gale’s aid after realising she was trapped in the melee.
He then frantically directs stewards towards her, ensuring that United’s ecstasy over their 1-0 score didn’t turn into tragedy.
Moments later, Gale can be seen being grabbed out of the crowd and led to safety.
The gran said she ‘didn’t encroach onto the pitch’ – but was simply celebrating her team’s goal when the advertising board collapsed, trapping her.
Thanks to Fellaini, she escaped serious injury – although a man had to be carried away on a stretcher after being hurt during the euphoric celebrations.
Earlier today, new footage showing how many fans were left on the floor – seconds from disaster, before players and staff intervened.
In the video, several stewards can be seen helping panicked fans back on their feet – even as United players leave the crowd to resume play.
It emerged as a Manchester United fan made a vile remark about the incident on Twitter, using the Hillsborough tragedy to taunt rival Liverpool fans.
The ‘joke’ is too sick to repeat.
But fans responded to the man’s tweet telling him that he had gone ‘too far’.
In response, the social media user claimed it was ‘just banter’.
Emotional Manchester United players celebrated their third-straight win as some fans stormed onto the pitch in injury time.
United full-back Luke Shaw, who sprinted across the field to involve himself in the celebrations, claimed it was the best moment he has experienced in his career.
“Emotion-wise, that was the best I have ever felt on a pitch,” he said. “It was an unreal feeling.
“Even a few of the lads have said it was back to the old days, when they used to smash and grab. The fans managed to get on the pitch, which made it even more special. It meant so much to all of us. Matches like these can win you championships.”
The Hillsborough stadium disaster left 96 Liverpool fans dead and 766 injured.
The supporters were watching their team play Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday’s ground on 15 April 1989.
In April an inquest reached a verdict that those who died in the 1989 tragedy were unlawfully killed. The jury heard two years of evidence before retiring.
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