Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrović was attacked by a pitch invader during the Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven on February 24, 2022. The incident occurred in the 64th minute of the game, with Sevilla leading 2-0.
The pitch invader ran onto the field and punched Dmitrović in the face before being restrained by security personnel. The Serbian goalkeeper fell to the ground and appeared to be in pain, but he was able to continue playing after receiving medical attention. The attacker was quickly apprehended and removed from the stadium.
The incident was widely condemned by both clubs, as well as by UEFA and the football community at large. Sevilla released a statement expressing their “strong condemnation of any act of violence on the football field” and offering their support to Dmitrović. PSV also released a statement expressing their “regret” over the incident and apologizing to the goalkeeper and his team.
UEFA announced that they would be launching an investigation into the incident, with the possibility of imposing sanctions on PSV Eindhoven. The incident comes just weeks after a similar incident in the English Premier League, where Manchester United player Fred was hit by a projectile thrown by a fan during a match against Manchester City.
The incident has sparked renewed debate about fan behavior and stadium security in football. While most fans are respectful and passionate, a small minority of individuals continue to engage in violent and abusive behavior. Many are calling for stricter punishments and increased security measures to prevent these types of incidents from happening in the future.
In the meantime, the football community has rallied around Marko Dmitrović, offering their support and solidarity in the wake of the attack. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of safety and respect in football, and the need for all stakeholders to work together to create a safe and enjoyable experience for players and fans alike.
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