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James Collins made a six-year-old fan's night with this lovely gesture after whacking him in the face with the ball

Benjamin Wright

Published 06/09/2016 | 21:48

James Collins
James Collins

A young fan accidentally hit in the face by a football at Wales' World Cup qualifying opener had a night to remember - thanks to football star James Collins.

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Ryan Evans, six, was left in tears after a wayward shot from West Ham ace Collins during the warm-up to the game.

However, the worried Premier League ace more than made amends for the gaffe after climbing into the stands to check on the youngster - and then later returned with a home shirt from team-mate Gareth Bale.

Ryan's father Darren, from Birchgrove in Cardiff, told Wales Online: "It was a hell of a thump, he just didn't see it coming. It gave him hell of a shock.

"But James Collins came straight up into the stands to check on him and then said he'd be back.

"He then returned with Gareth Bale's shirt before giving Ryan a hug and having his picture taken with him.

"It was a lovely thing for him to do and we just want him to know Ryan is fine."

Mr Evans, who was also at the game with Ryan's 10-year-old brother Rhys, also praised the efforts of stewards and staff at the Cardiff City Stadium for the way they helped his son too.

Full back Collins, who won his 50th cap during Wales' 4-0 win over Moldova in Cardiff, later got in touch with Mr Evans via Instagram admitting he should probably stick to defending.

He said in a post: "Glad to hear he's okay. I've got three children myself so would understand how concerned it probably made you feel."

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