Yesterday’s Europa League qualifier between FK Kukesi and Legia Warsaw was abandoned as a player was hit by a stone from the crowd.

Legia defender Ondrej Duda was hit by the object just after they had taken a 2-1 lead in the match.

Play was suspended as Duda was taken off on a stretcher and had his head bandaged before changing his bloodied shirt in anticipation of the restart.

The match officials decided to abandon the match on 51 minutes.

The second leg of the third round qualifier is due to be played in Warsaw, Poland on 6 August.

Legia were thrown out of last season’s Champions League qualifying round for fielding an ineligible player during a 6-1 aggregate win over Celtic.

A similar incident happened at the famous Kolkata Derby between Mohun Bagan and East Bengal on 9th December, 2012 where Mohun Bagan defender Syed Rahim Nabi was hit by a stone. A lot of events took place after that in Indian football and footballers’ safety should be taken care of by organisers.

Here is a video of the incident that happened yesterday:

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