Chelsea’s Pulisic praises bravery of Libyan fan

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Morad Dakhil Football writer, Libya

A young Libyan Chelsea fan who nearly died saving a man from drowning has been shocked with a message from Christian Pulisic.

Mohammed al-Arabi was on a beach near the Libyan capital, Tripoli, recently when he heard someone in distress and rushed into the sea to help him.

However once the person was rescued al-Arabi himself was nowhere to be found and was eventually dragged from the sea after a 20-minute search.

Al-Arabi was rushed to hospital where he spent 24 hours in a coma before eventually making a full recovery, as did the man he saved.

“You are brave and deserve to be described as a hero or a legend,” Chelsea and USA midfielder Pulisic said in a video sent to al-Arabi.

Al-Arabi, who is also one of the pioneers of Chelsea fan club in Libya, admits he was surprised to hear from Pulisic.

“What Pulisic did is surprising and I didn’t think that my actions would get such attention from the club that I have supported since I was a child,” he told BBC Sport Africa.