Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic was the subject of a shocking attack during a recent Europa League match against PSV Eindhoven.
The incident, which occurred during the second leg of the play-offs tie, has sparked widespread outrage and calls for greater protection for players on the pitch.
Thus, European Football’s governing body UEFA has opened an investigation on the matter.
During the last minutes of the play, a fan attacked Dmitrovic on the field and punched him in the face before being pulled to the ground by the Serbian.
Before stewards intervened and removed the pitch invader from the field, players and personnel from both teams gathered around Dmitrovic and the intruder.
With an aggregate score of 3-2, Sevilla nevertheless moved to the next round despite losing the knockout round playoff by a score of 2-0.
Dmitrovic requests UEFA to look take action against such invaders
Although UEFA reportedly opened a case after the incident, the governing body did not issued a statement.
Dmitrovic pleaded UEFA to look into the matter. The 31-year-old goalkeeper had a red mark on his neck after the incident.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Dmitrovic told Movistar Plus after the game.
“I’ll keep my mouth shut so I don’t say what I would really like to do in that moment.”
“He wanted to hurt me, it’s a shame that something like this happens in football field. UEFA must intervene.”
The incident has once again highlighted the need for greater safety and support for players in football.
As the sport continues to evolve, it’s important that steps are taken to ensure the safety and well-being of all those involved in the game.
Next up for Sevilla will be a Sunday night clash against Osasuna in the La Liga.