Sevilla midfielder Joan Jordan has been sent to hospital after being struck by a missile during their abandoned Copa del Rey clash at Real Betis.
The Andalucian derby was thrown into chaos just before the break with score tied at 1-1 after 39 minutes of action at the Estadio Benito Villamarin.
Papu Gomez had put the visitors 1-0 in front before French international Nabil Fekir fired home a Real Betis equaliser directly from a corner.
Nabil Fekir SCORES FROM THE CORNER!! 😱😱
The Betis star equalises and the Benito Villamarin ERUPTS 🔥 pic.twitter.com/Ow3qeqxLoo
— Premier Sports (@PremierSportsTV) January 15, 2022
However, the scenes which followed saw Jordan hit by a pole thrown from the Real Betis ultras section, with the former Eibar star requiring immediate medical attention.
Reports from Carrusel Deportivo claim the 27-year-old was taken to a local hospital for checks amid ugly scenes inside the stadium.
🚨🏥 ÚLTIMA HORA | Joan Jordán va camino del hospital en ambulancia tras recibir un impacto de una vara en el #DerbiSevillano
🎙 Informa Santi Ortega pic.twitter.com/euR9tUWEa7
— Carrusel Deportivo (@carrusel) January 15, 2022
Referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea met with team captains and managers from both sides during the enforced break to assess the situation.
However, he made the decision to abandon the game, following safety advice from stadium security staff and local police.
An update on when the game will be replayed is expected in the next 48 hours.
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“A missile” . . . I don’t understand why anyone writing about this indefensible action on the part of a Betis fan, doesn’t correctly describe this missile as what it actually was . . . a 3-foot length of 3/4 inch plastic pipe, broken from the staff of one of the large Betis flags waving before the game commenced. For the Sevilla player to feign a serious, concussion like injury, is a farce, and for Sevilla to oppose finishing the game on Sunday because they are holding out Jordan, claiming a serious injury, is again part of the masquerading of fake injuries throughout La Liga games, which is a serious detriment to the game overall. League officials should demand that the results of the hospital examination of Jordan be publicized to prove if it was a serious injury. Nobody is doubting the criminal action of throwing the plastic piece of pole at a player is serious.