Subotic's catch saves fan's day

Above: Time to meet the king of fruits at Nanyang Polytechnic, as Dortmund's (from left) Gonzalo Castro, Roman Burki and club legend Karl-Heinz Riedle have their first feel of durian blindfolded. Right: Over at 313@Somerset, Dortmund players (from le
Time to meet the king of fruits at Nanyang Polytechnic, as Dortmund's (from left) Gonzalo Castro, Roman Burki and club legend Karl-Heinz Riedle have their first feel of durian blindfolded. ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN ST PHOTO: MARCUS LIM
Above: Time to meet the king of fruits at Nanyang Polytechnic, as Dortmund's (from left) Gonzalo Castro, Roman Burki and club legend Karl-Heinz Riedle have their first feel of durian blindfolded. Right: Over at 313@Somerset, Dortmund players (from le
Over at 313@Somerset, Dortmund players (from left) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Lars Ricken and Neven Subotic make an unnamed fan's day as he gets a picture with his heroes after recovering from a fainting spell.ST PHOTO: YEO KAI WEN ST PHOTO: MARCUS LIM

He had waited patiently to get autographs from the visiting Borussia Dortmund players yesterday.

Unfortunately, the poor fan fainted before his items were signed.

The incident caused a minor stir during the meet-and-greet event at the Goal@313 by Weston Corporation shop at 313@Somerset, which was part of Dortmund's Asian tour and graced by current stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Neven Subotic as well as former midfielder Lars Ricken.

The fan eventually came to, but declined to speak to the media or give his name.

Luck was on his side though, as he fell in front of Subotic. The Serbian centre-back managed to catch him before he collapsed to the ground, allowing the store staff to react quickly and bring the unconscious fan to the side where he received medical treatment.

"He looked shocked and star-struck," Leon Tay, another fan who was waiting in line, said.

"Luckily, Subotic caught him. What a fantastic defender, he made incredible saves for Dortmund, and now he's saving fans."

After the fan recovered, the three concerned stars went over to take a picture with him.

"It was very shocking. It was so sudden that he fell," Ang Shuang, who was there with her boyfriend, said. "It was quite worrying. But it was so cool how Subotic caught him. And it was so classy that they took a picture with him."

There was less drama at Nanyang Polytechnic, where another Dortmund meet-and-greet session was held, and was attended by Gonzalo Castro, Roman Burki and club legend Karl-Heinz Riedle.

The trio were given a chance to try out the traditional Asian game, capteh, as well as sample the "king of fruits" - a ripe durian.

"It smells like a pineapple," Riedle said. "But it tastes like a cream cheese from Germany and I won't want to eat it again."

The trio also had a friendly penalty shoot-out with NYP students before signing autographs.

Business management student Augustine Wong, 19, who was first in line to have the players' autographs on his shirt, said: "It is such a privilege to meet them in person and I am very excited after getting their autographs."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 11, 2015, with the headline 'Subotic's catch saves fan's day'. Print Edition | Subscribe