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.
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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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