The Athletic Sports website reported that the European Football Association (UEFA) has opened an investigation after Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic was attacked by a fan on the field in a European League match in Eindhoven last Thursday.
The match was stopped near the end after a fan ran onto the pitch and assaulted Dmitrovic, punching him in the face before the Serbian goalkeeper knocked him to the ground.
The players and members of the coaching staff of the two teams gathered around Dmitrovich and the fan before the security forces intervened to remove the fan from the stadium.
Sevilla lost in the second leg of the play-off 2-0, but qualified for the round of sixteen of the tournament after winning 3-2 on aggregate.
UEFA did not issue a statement, but The Athletic said UEFA confirmed to the website on Friday that it had opened an investigation following the incident.
Reuters asked UEFA for comment.
Dmitrovic, who sustained a bruise on his neck after the incident, urged UEFA to intervene.
Dmitrovich told Movistar Plus after the match: I’ve never seen anything like this before. I will shut my mouth so as not to say what I really want to say at this moment. He wanted to hurt me, it’s a shame that something like this can happen on a football field. UEFA should get involved.