Bognár and team attacked after Europa League fixture

Hungarian referee Bognár Tamás refereed Thursday’s Europa League match between FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star, Belgrade) and Midtjylland assisted by Búzás Balázs and Kóbor Péter as his assistant referees and Berke Balázs as fourth official.

Red Star had 2 players sent off during the 1-0 defeat, Milos Degenes, a straight red in the 12th minute, and Marko Gobeljics for a 2nd yellow red on 90+4.

Red card to Degenek, Photo: Reuters

The Serbian fans blamed Bognár and his team for the defeat and as they went to leave the pitch after the final whistle fans in the stand were throwing any objects they could get their hands on in the direction of the match officials. Red Star fitness coach Federico Pannoncini was struck on the head with what has been reported to be a medium sized stone. He was treated by Doctors at the scene but was taken to the Emergency Center of the Clinical Center of Serbia where he was kept in hospital, diagnosed with a cracked skull. Red Star coach Dejan Stanković was with him all the time, and travelled in the ambulance with him.


Assistant Referee Köbor Péter was also struck by an object although thankfully only received minor injuries.

Police immediately set up a protective line and Bognár and his team were able to finally leave the pitch safely. The Midtyilland players remained out on the pitch until about 15 minutes after the game. Red Star’s captain Milan Borjan has been widely praised for his efforts to calm the fans down and for shepherding the Midtyilland players off of the pitch to safety.

Danish captain Eric Svyatchenko thanked colleagues on the other side after the match.

  • I think he did something amazing. He helped players who found themselves in a difficult situation. He is a gentleman, after the match he came to the locker room, said it was football, that it was happening and said he was sorry for the situation. He is a real captain – Svyatchenko pointed out.

Red Star Belgrade are likely to be punished heavily by UEFA. The European Alliance inspector has apparently also recorded the throwing of objects and the injuries to Kóbor and Panoncini. It will also have been noted that the incident also required police officers to be deployed to protect players, staff members and the match officials.