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Sparta Rotterdam keeper confronted by fan and hit by object as game abandoned

The Eredivisie game between Vitesse and Sparta Rotterdam was suspended in added time after a plastic cup with beer in hit the away goalkeeper Maduka Okoye on the head.

The goalkeeper had saved a penalty in the 64th minute and in the closing stages of the game, some supporters also started throwing fireworks onto the pitch. One of them injured a cameraman.

In the added time, when the score was 0-1, a fan went onto the pitch and confronted Okoye, who responded by gesturing to him to leave the pitch. Then, a plastic cup with beer hit the keeper on the head, which made him fall to the floor.

Referee Rob Dieperink stopped the game and in the dressing room, the Sparta Rotterdam players refused to come back out so the referee decided to abandon the game.

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