Sevilla’s derby with Betis abandoned after player is struck by missile

The Copa del Rey derby match between Real Betis and Sevilla was suspended after an object hurled from the stands hit Sevilla’s Joan Jordán in the head.

The oblong object struck Jordán while Betis were celebrating their 39th-minute equaliser, scored direct from a corner by Nabil Fekir to cancel out Papu Gómez’s opener at the Benito Villamarín Stadium.

Jordán went down immediately, holding his head. He was quickly back on his feet but was helped to walk off the pitch just before the teams were ordered by the referee Ricardo de Burgos to follow. After a wait of over 20 minutes, the game was officially suspended by the Spanish federation. The federation said it “condemns all acts of violence on the playing field”.

While that decision was being made, police officers were seen in the area of the stands where the object apparently came from.

The Seville derby is notorious for being Spain’s most heated crosstown rivalry. In 2007, Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious when he was hit the head by a bottle thrown by a Betis fan.

Fekir set the tone just seconds after kick-off when he stomped on the foot of Gómez, earning the Betis forward a booking. But the incident that hurt Jordán tarnished a vibrant contest. Betis dominated the opening phase, only for Gómez to drill in a shot from the edge of the area to give the visitors the lead in the 35th.

Fekir responded with an incredible goal directly from a corner kick, bending a powerful strike from the corner flag over the head of goalkeeper Alfonso Pastor, who got a hand on the ball but could not keep it out.

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