Fiorentina captain Cristiano Biraghi left bleeding from head by objects thrown by West Ham fans during final
Cristiano Biraghi, captain of Fiorentina, suffered a small cut on his head after being struck by an item thrown by the West Ham fans during the Europa Conference League final on Wednesday.
The most heated incident occurred at the half-hour mark of the first half when Biraghi went to take a corner and West Ham fans threw empty cups and other objects onto the ground.
Biraghi suffered a blow to the head, which resulted in blood pouring from the back of his head. After receiving medical attention, he played on while wearing a bandage around his head.
UEFA warned fans to stop throwing items over the stadium’s public address system, saying, “Attention please! This is an important security announcement. Stop throwing objects on to the pitch immediately! Please respect the players and the officials. Thank you!”
Later, a statement from West Ham came out condemning the actions of a section of the club’s fans.
This season, fans throwing items has been a growing concern in European football, most notably in the Netherlands, where the Dutch Football Association announced that if a player or match official is injured by an object thrown from the crowd, all matches would be stopped immediately.