Sevilla’s toxic Copa del Rey derby clash against Real Betis is sensationally abandoned after Joan Jordan was struck on the head with a metal pole thrown from the crowd
- The Copa del Rey derby clash between Real Betis and Sevilla was abandoned
- Sevilla’s Joan Jordan was hit on the head with a pole thrown from the crowd
- Jordan was eventually able to get up after he had received treatment
- The incident occurred after Betis players celebrated a goal from Nabil Fekir
The Copa del Rey round of 16 derby between Real Betis and Sevilla was abandoned after Joan Jordan was hit with a metal pole thrown from the crowd.
There was an intense atmosphere for the Seville derby, and the sides were level at 1-1, with Papu Gomes putting Sevilla ahead before Nabil Fekir equalised for Betis.
As the Betis players were celebrating a pole was thrown onto the pitch and it hit Sevilla midfielder Jordan on the head.
Sevilla’s Copa del Rey game against Real Betis was abandoned after Sevilla’s Joan Jordan (centre) was struck by a metal pole thrown from the crowd
The incident occurred after Betis celebrated a goal, with Jordan eventually able to get up
The 27-year-old fell to the ground in pain after being struck by the object.Jordan eventually managed to get to his feet after receiving medical attention, but the game was called off.
The Sevilla players were hugely frustrated with the situation and walked off the pitch. However, the Betis players waited on the pitch to see whether the game would continue.
Around 50 minutes after the incident the Spanish football federation, the RFEF, announced that the game had been called off.
The Betis players waited to see whether the game would continue before it was called off
A statement from the organisation read: ‘The Copa del Rey round of 16 match between Real Betis and Sevilla FC is suspended. The RFEF condemns any act of violence on the playing fields.’
Betis midfielder Victor Camarasa suggested that Sevilla coaches instructed Jordan to exaggerate the extent of his injury.
Camarasa wrote on Twitter: ‘Embarrassing and unjustifiable the action of someone who does not represent our fans. I hope that Joan Jordan is fine, although we have all heard (including the 4th referee) how their coach encouraged Jordan to ‘get dizzy and throw himself on the ground’.
Camarasa added: ‘With this tweet I’m not saying that Joan is faking or simulating, I’m just telling what has been heard in the field.’
The rivalry between Sevilla and Betis is extremely intense and in 2007 Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious after being hit in the head by a bottle thrown from a Betis supporter.