The football fans of Portugal were finally treated with the return of Liga Nos- the country’s top football division with a mouth watering fixture of the elites SL Benfica going head to head against Tondela. Three months after seeing their club back in action, the Benfica fans were eager to see a stunning match with the club securing a clean three points. Instead, the match ended in 0-0, and some agitated fans pelted stones on the team bus following the game, injuring two players.
The incident happened following the match on Thursday, when the team bus had exited the Estadio da Luz. Following FC Porto’s 2-1 defeat against Famailcao earlier, Benfica missed the chance to secure the lead in the table due to the goalless draw.
The over enthusiastic fans, who gathered outside the stadium as spectators weren’t allowed inside due to the COVID-19 outbreak, took out their frustration on the team bus while it was on the highway, with pelting stones.
Two Benfica players, Julian Weigl and Andrija Živković sustained injury after being hit with shrapnel, and were taken to hospital in Lisbon. Bruno Lage, the club gaffer was also injured in the attack.
Živković, the 23 year old Serbian winger and a fan favourite, joined Benfica in 2016, while Weigl, the 24 year old German midfielder arrived at Os Encarnados this January.
Following the incident, the club released an official statement, where they denounced the stone attack on the players, and have confirmed that the perpetrators are being searched with the help of local authorities.
“Benfica denounce the criminal stoning the bus of its players was victim to,” the statement read.
“We guarantee total collaboration with authorities to whom we appeal for the greatest effort to be made in identifying the offenders responsible for these criminal acts,” the statement added.
Both Benfica and Porto now share the league table with 60 points each, however, the former have a higher goal difference of 38, compared to the latter’s 33.