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RFEF confirms: Sevilla v Real Betis will resume behind close doors

Sun 16 January 2022 | 14:05

The Copa del Rey match between Real Betis and Sevilla - postponed when an item struck Joan Jordan - will recommence on Sunday.

The Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has announced that the

Copa del Rey

match between Real Betis and Sevilla will proceed behind closed doors on Sunday. 

Due to crowd disturbance, Saturday's Seville derby at Estadio Benito Villamarin was called off when Sevilla player Joan Jordan was struck by an item thrown from the stands. 

The incident occurred while the guests were cheering Nabil Fekir's 39th-minute equalizer in the last-16 clash, which canceled out Papu Gomez's opening. 

Physiotherapists treated Jordan after being hit in the head by an object from the fans.

After protests from Sevilla and their head manager 

Julen Lopetegui

, official Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea removed the players off the pitch. 

The RFEF has declared that the last portions of the first half and the entirety of the second half would be played on Sunday, with no fans inside the stadium. 

Jordan will be absent since the 27-year-old must remain at home under supervision for at least 24 hours. 

In a statement made immediately after the abandonment, Sevilla denounced the "

unacceptable

" behavior of Betis' fans. 

"Sevilla FC condemns the violent act suffered today by Joan Jordan," the statement read.

"It was an unacceptable act in the world of sport committed by an individual who does not represent the fans of Real Betis or the way of living football in our city. 

"Likewise, the club demands the utmost respect for Joan Jordan, a true professional and an exemplary person who has suffered an appalling attack."

Betis released a statement of their own on Sunday, reading:

"Real Betis Balompie strongly condemn the throw of an object to the pitch during the Copa del Rey game.

"The club has immediately cooperated with the police to identify the alleged perpetrator of said throw.

"The club will apply the internal regulations with the utmost severity to punish said individual.

This is the newest mishap in the Sevilla derby, which is known for being one of Spain's most ferocious matchups. 

Juande Ramos, the coach of Sevilla, was knocked out by a bottle hurled by a Betis supporter in 2007.

 

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