Stories about violence during soccer matches are becoming so routine that they don’t really need much in the way of a lead-in. Alhaurín de la Torre’s 24-year-old forward Samuel G.P. played an away match for the club’s B-team on Sunday. At the end of it, some fans stormed the field and apparently tried to kill him.
The incident occurred immediately following the match when a group of fans jumped onto the pitch and grabbed the player by the neck to try to strangle him, according to La Opinión de Málaga. “At first they tried to cut off his breath and then struck him with a knife,” witnesses told the Málagan paper.
One of El Palo’s assistants was also injured while trying to bring peace, though his injuries are not life-threatening as he was struck in the leg. So far there have been no arrests related to the case.
The two blows to his chest hit his sternum and his heart, which required him to undergo open heart surgery. However, Samuel is reportedly doing well, is conscious though still in the hospital’s ICU for precautionary reasons, and, according to the club’s president, already wants to get back to training.
The whole ordeal, and the greater continuum of violence this attack sits among, is probably summed up best by the president: “Soccer is crazy, it is going crazy.”
Photo via CD El Palo