May 16, 2022 3:20 pm

Copa del Rey: celebration of Papu Gómez, Olympic goal and… the classic between Betis and Seville, suspended due to incidents

The Copa del Rey round of 16 match between Betis and Sevilla was suspended this Saturday shortly before the break, after the sevillista Joan Jordan suffered the launch of A bar, reported the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

“The Copa del Rey Betis-Sevilla round of 16 match is suspended”, announced the two teams and the RFEF, after the game was stopped at the Benito Villamarín stadium for several minutes.

The decision has been made “for serious incidents of the public”, according to RFEF sources, who specified that the competition judge will decide the day and time for the resumption of the meeting. The duel was interrupted when there were six minutes left in the first half and the score was 1-1.

The Argentinian Alejandro “Papu” Gomez opened the scoring for Sevilla (35), but near the break the Frenchman Nabil Fekir He equaled the Olympic goal, when everything came crashing down.

When the players began to move towards the center of the field after the goal of the local equalizer, a bar thrown from the stands hit Joan Jordán in the head. The player collapsed immediately and put his hands to his head. He quickly stood up, was cared for on the lawn, but was able to leave the field on his own He did not appear to have suffered any serious injuries.

As the television images showed, the referee Ricardo Burgos Bengoechea picked up the bar, which seemed to be made of plastic, leading her towards the lime line, where He spoke with those responsible for the stadium. Local media indicated that the player was taken to a hospital for a medical check-up. In his arbitration certificate, Burgos described the object as a “hollow bar of approximately 50 centimeters of PVC”, which was thrown from the Betis fan area. After waiting just over 20 minutes, it was decided that the duel would not continue on the day.

After several minutes, the Betis players went out onto the field to say goodbye to their fans, at which time the decision to suspend the meeting was also known. While this decision was being made, it was possible to observe several police officers in the area of ​​the stands from where the object was apparently thrown. The Royal Spanish Football Federation regretted what happened and emphasized that “it condemns any act of violence on the pitch.” At the moment, no other date has been announced to resume the Seville derby, considered one of the strongest rivalries between teams from the same city.

The attack on Jordán ruined a vibrant meeting. Betis dominated early on, before Gomez fired from the edge of the area to give the visitors the lead in the 35th minute. But Fekir responded immediately with an incredible Olympic goal. His corner kick overtook goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor, who grazed the ball, without preventing it from entering the goal.

In duels in the same round of the round of 16, Mallorca, Rayo Vallecano and Cádiz advanced. Japanese striker Takefusa Kubo scored from a free kick to help Mallorca beat Espanyol 2-1. Luca Zidane, son of Zinedine Zidane, saved a penalty to secure Rayo Vallecano’s 2-1 win against Girona, and Cádiz also advanced after beating second division Sporting Gijón on penalties after finishing 0-0 .

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