Violence flares as Sevilla coach is hit by object, Barca in semis


MADRID: The King’s Cup quarter-final second-leg between city rivals Real Betis and Sevilla was abandoned on Wednesday when Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was hit by an object thrown from the crowd after his side scored a goal. 

Ramos was carried off the pitch unconscious on a stretcher shortly after Sevilla had taken the lead 1-0 on aggregate when striker Frederic Kanoute fired home 12 minutes into the second half. 

Video footage showed the Sevilla coach had been hit on the back of the head by what appeared to be a two-litre plastic bottle full of liquid thrown from the stands. 

Medical staff told reporters that Ramos, who used to manage Betis, regained consciousness as he was put into an ambulance. Sevilla medical staff said the 52-year-old would spend the night in hospital under observation. 

Spain’s Sports Minister Jaime Lissavetzky said he would be calling for immediate action from the Spanish Football Federation. 

KOed: Sevilla coach Juande Ramos is stretchered off the field after an object hit his head during the Spanish King’s Cup match against Real Betis on Wednesday. -- Reuters

“This was a shameful incident,” Lissavetzky told Radio Marca. “We will be calling an emergency meeting of the Anti-violence Commission and will ask the Spanish Football Federation to deal with this with maximum rigour. 

“We must stop incidents such as this or those that happened recently in Italy occurring again.” 

The normal procedure in Spain when matches are called off is for the remaining minutes to be played at a later date. 

Last season, the Cup quarter-final second-leg between Valencia and Deportivo Coruna was abandoned after a linesman was cut on the head by a coin thrown from the crowd. 

The remaining 46 minutes were played behind closed doors a week later. 

In games that did finish, European champions Barcelona, resting star striker Samuel Eto’o, overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit in the late match at Real Zaragoza with a 2-1 win for an away goals success courtesy of early goals from Xabi and Iniesta before Pique hit a consolation. 

Deportivo La Coruna drew 1-1 at Real Valladolid to advance 5-2 on aggregate to the semi-finals while Getafe also made it through despite a 1-0 loss to a Bernardo Romeo goal at Osasuna. 

Getafe won 3-1 on aggregate. – Reuters 

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