lAfter his move to Real Madrid, Luis Figo once had a pig's head thrown at him by angry FC Barcelona fans while trying to take a corner. Oliver Kahn He was hit on the head by a golf ball during a match in Freiburg. And again and again, beer glasses, lighters and brandy bottles fly around the ears of football players when angry spectators lose control.

In the final of the Saudi Arabian Super Cup, the public's anger reached a new dimension. After the ultimately one-sided match between Al-Hilal of Riyadh and Al-Ittihad of Jeddah (4-1), which was not played in Saudi Arabiabut at the Mohammed bin Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, a player was whipped by a visitor.

Player splashes with bottle

The target of the attack against the Brazilian superstar Neymar, who was paid by Al-Hilal but is currently injured, was Abderrazak Hamdallah: the forward plays with Al-Ittihad Karim Benzema. When the Moroccan international, author of the intermediate tie, wanted to go from the field to the locker room after the match, a confrontation occurred with a spectator shortly before entering the catacombs.

About videos that circulate on the Internet, a man in the stands can be seen initially yelling something at Hamdallah. The player reacts and also splashes a water bottle. The spectator then takes out a whip and swings it twice in Hamdallah's direction. The security services then intervened in the stands and Hamdallah was protected and restrained by his teammates. According to media reports, the fan was later arrested.

There was already a scandal in the semi-finals of the Saudi Arabia Super Cup, because of Cristiano Ronaldo. When his club Al-Nassr lost to Al-Hilal (0-2), the Portuguese first attacked his rival Ali Al-Bulaihi shortly before the final whistle. After referee Mohammed Khaled Al-Hoaish showed Ronaldo red, he threatened him with his fist raised. The FIFA World Cup is expected to be held in Saudi Arabia in 2034.