Sevilla star pins down pitch invader who tried to attack him in Europa League
Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic had to have his wits about him against PSV as he was forced to fight off a pitch invader who tried to attack him.
The remarkable incident happened during the closing stages of the Europa League play-off round match, which saw Sevilla progress 3-2 on aggregate, despite losing 2-0 on the night.
Dmitrovic, who spent time on loan at Charlton earlier in his career, was approached by a hooded fan who swung a punch at the shot stopper. Pictures showed the punch appearing to connect with the Serbian's face before he wrestled the assailant to the ground and pinned him down.
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Other players then arrived on the scene to separate the pair as security arrived to escort the invader from the pitch. The scary incident sparked plenty of comments on social media as users rushed to condemn the attcker.
One person wrote: "Crazy scenes during PSV-Sevilla game." Someone else said: "Don’t mess with Serbia international Marko Dmitrovic."
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A third user added: "Great for Dmitrovic, should get a medal for that." As a fourth commented: "If you’re attacking a bald fella called Dmitrovic, expect to end up on the deck."
Dmitrovic addressed the incident afterwards. "He came and pushed me from behind,” Dmitrovic said, according to Sevilla’s website.
"He was probably angry about the result and a bit crazy already. He tried to hit me and I managed to grab him and wait for security to arrive. It’s never nice to see this in football. It shouldn’t happen and from now on I hope these things are well punished."
PSV won 2-0 on the night thanks to goals from Luuk de Jong and and Fabio Silva. However, it wasn't enough to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit as Sevilla progressed through to the last-16 stage.
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