Summary

  • Onisiwo named in Mainz line-up on Matchday 9.
  • Partner goes into labour prior to kick-off.
  • Given permission by coach Schmidt to attend labour.

Few had as dramatic a Saturday afternoon as 1. FSV Mainz 05's Karim Onisiwo on Matchday 9.

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"Boss, I'd love to play but my wife's gone into labour – what do I do?" he asked. Although it meant a change of personnel and tactics with just 75 minutes to go before kick-off in the game against FC Ingolstadt 04, Mainz head coach Martin Schmidt did not have to think twice. "Come on, man, this is something you might experience only once in your life and you've got to be by your wife's side!" he ordered.

Find out what happened next by clicking the play button on the video below: