In response to a fan assaulting Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic on the field during Thursday’s Europa League game at PSV Eindhoven, the regulatory body of European soccer, UEFA, has launched an investigation, according to the sports website The Athletic.
During the last minutes of play, a fan attacked Dmitrovic on the field and punched him in the face before being pulled to the ground by the Serbian.
Before stewards intervened and removed the pitch invader from the field, players and personnel from both teams gathered around Dmitrovic and the intruder.
With an overall score of 3-2, Sevilla nevertheless moved to the next round despite losing the knockout round playoff by a score of 2-0.
The Athletic said that UEFA did not issue a statement, but the organisation did confirm to the website on Friday that a case had been opened as a result of the event.
Reuters has contacted UEFA for a response.
Dmitrovic pleaded with UEFA to step in following the incident, which left him with a red mark on his neck.
“I have never seen anything like it,” Dmitrovic told Movistar Plus after the game. “I’ll keep my mouth shut so I don’t say what I would really like to do in that moment.