Flare strikes Russian keeper in abandoned Euro 2016 Qualifier with Montenegro
Santino Honasan on Mar 28, 2015 12:11 PM
(Photo courtesy of UEFA.com / Video courtesy of Sport HD on Youtube)
The Euro 2016 qualifying match between Russia and Montenegro last Friday, March 28 was quite the eventful one, but for all the wrong reasons.
With just a minute into the Euro 2016 Group G matchup, Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was taken down by a flare to the head.
Yes, you read that right. A misguided flare landed straight on Akinfeev's head, rendering him unable to continue the match and was ultimately stretchered out of the Podgorica City Stadium in Montenegro. Sub keeper Yuri Lodygin stepped in for Akinfeev and the match was resumed after a 35 minute delay.
Still can't believe it? Here's a video.
Akinfeev was taken to a nearby hospital and was reported to have suffered a neck injury and minor burns.
According to reports, the flare was said to have come from the stands, and the culprit was apprehended by the authorities.
More chaos ensued in the second half, as another player from Russia was struck in the head by a foreign object that appeared to be thrown from the crowd, causing the match to be stopped yet again, in the 66th minute.
A few moments later, referee Deniz Ayetkin decided to abandon the match, with neither team managing a goal.
According to the official UEFA.com statement, the "UEFA will wait to receive reports from the delegate and referee to open disciplinary proceedings."
Both Russia and Montenegro are fighting to qualify in Group G, as they are virtually tied in the standings, both teams with one win, two draws and one loss for five points each.