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Saudi Arabia, Supercup: Angry spectator attacks professional footballer with whip

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Saudi Arabia, Supercup: Angry spectator attacks professional footballer with whip

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Angry spectator attacks professional footballer with whip

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Abderrazak Hamdallah was a member of the Moroccan national team that sensationally reached the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar

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The scene is hard to beat in terms of absurdity. After the devastating final defeat in the Saudi Super Cup, a Moroccan striker falls victim to an angry spectator. The man has a whip with him. And also uses them.

On the way to the dressing room, Abderrazak Hamdallah had to listen to a lot – and endure it, literally. The Moroccan striker reached the final of the Saudi Super Cup with Al-Ittihad. He made up for a missed penalty and scored the equalizer in the 21st minute. But in the end that wasn’t enough, his team lost 1:4 against Al-Hilal. From Hamdallah’s point of view, this defeat was doubly painful; he felt it painfully.

After the award ceremony, he turned into the entrance to the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, but on the way was provoked by a spectator who had positioned himself on the balustrade above the catacomb entrance and was apparently pursuing a mission. The dramaturgy was as follows: The insulted and angry Hamdallah first fired a shot from his cup at the bully.

But what the 33-year-old offensive player apparently couldn’t see from his perspective, he already had a whip in his hand. With this he now attacked the striker colleague of the French world star Karim Benzema. Once, a second time.

It was also a castigation for Al-Ittihad in terms of play

Pictures give the impression that Hamdallah did not initially realize what was tormenting him, but in any case he endured the blows. But then his companions stormed onto the stand, fellow players and protected him from further blows by pulling him away, security forces finally led the perpetrator away.

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The performance was also like a castigation for Hamdallah’s team. Al-Hilal were superior and remain on their way to four titles this football year.

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At Al-Ittihad, however, another conflict arose after the game. Because superstar Benzema, 2022 Ballon d’Or winner, surprisingly played as a left winger, his brother raged against this decision by coach Marcelo Gallardo in an Instagram post: “Are you putting Karim on the left now? This is a crime! It makes no sense. Football must be respected.”

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Benzema moved from Real Madrid to Al-Ittihad last summer. However, the top striker has so far failed to live up to expectations (13 goals in 28 games) and is repeatedly involved in minor escapades.

However, the picture is completely different for their opponent Al-Hilal. The Super Cup trophy is the first of the season for the Riyadh side but is unlikely to be the last as the team is 12 points clear of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr at the top of the Saudi Professional League with just seven games remaining. Al-Hilal, who are also in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions League and the Saudi Arabian King’s Cup, extended their winning streak in all competitions to 34 consecutive games.

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Al-Hilal on the hunt for records

Three days after the victory against Al-Nassr in the semi-final, in which Ronaldo was sent off for elbowing Ali Al-Bulaihi, two goals from Brazilian winger Malcom (5th/89th) secured the victory. Salem Al-Dawsari (44th) and Nasser Al-Dawsari in the sixth minute of added time sealed the triumph.

“It was a difficult game and I am very happy that I scored two goals,” Malcom said on Saudi television: “We are also happy that we won our first title this season, but we want more trophies win.

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In 2023, the Super Cup was expanded from a single match between the league champion and the King’s Cup winner to the runners-up of both competitions. He was also relocated to Abu Dhabi. Al-Hilal return to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday to face Al-Ain in the Asian Champions League semi-final first leg and clinch their fifth continental title.

The club could have a record season after spending around €376 million on player transfers following its takeover by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund, controlled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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