Betis vs Sevilla suspended after object hits Sevilla player
Local media reports said the midfielder was taken to a local hospital for a medical check.De Burgos wrote in his referee report that the object was a hollow 50-centimeter 20-inch PVC bar thrown from a zone filled with Betis fans.After a wait of over 20 minutes, the game was officially suspended by the Spanish soccer federation.
The Copa del Rey match at Betis' Benito Villamarín Stadium was suspended in the 39th minute with the score 1-1 after an oblong piece of PVC hurled from the stands hit Sevilla player Joan Jordán in the head.
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. Local media reports said the midfielder was taken to a local hospital for a medical check.
De Burgos wrote in his referee report that the object was a "hollow 50-centimeter (20-inch) PVC bar" thrown from a zone filled with Betis fans.
After a wait of over 20 minutes, the game was officially suspended by the Spanish soccer 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.
It was too soon for a new date to continue the match, which could be restarted without a crowd.
The Seville derby is notorious for being Spain's most fiercely contested crosstown rivalry. In 2007, Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious when he was hit in the head by a bottle thrown by a Betis fan.
Fekir set the tone just seconds after kickoff 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 on the ball but could not keep it out.
Neither club commented immediately on the incident.
"Shameful and unjustifiable act by someone who does not represent our fans," Betis substitute Víctor Camarasa said on Twitter.
"I hope that Joan Jordán is okay, but we all heard (even the assistant referee) his coach tell him to be dizzy and drop to the ground.' "I am not saying that Joan is pretending or exaggerating, I am only explaining what was heard on the field." ELSEWHERE In other round-of-16 games, Mallorca, Rayo Vallecano, and Cádiz all advanced.
Cádiz also moved on after getting past second-tier side Sporting Gijón in a penalty shootout following a scoreless match.
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