There were violent scenes in a Serie C match this evening between Foggia and Catanzaro, as there were several pitch invasions, one managing to strike Pietro Iemmello and make death threats.
The 30-year-old forward had played for Foggia in 2018-19 and had disagreements with the ultras at the time.
So when Catanzaro were leading 4-1 and received a penalty that Iemmello was set to take, a hooligan rushed out from the home crowd and tried to physically attack him.
It seems as if he might’ve made contact with a slap to the face, then made a throat-slitting gesture as a death threat.
Another fan then rushed onto the pitch and was also stopped by stewards.
Iemmello left the penalty to a teammate, then was substituted soon after, but there was another Foggia fan who tried a pitch invasion.
According to reports, after Iemmello was wisely substituted, the Foggia staff then urged him to leave the bench and hide in the locker room to avoid further inflaming the crowd.
Catanzaro won 6-2 after a game that lasted 100 minutes due to all the stoppages.
🔴 L’incredibile aggressione di un “tifoso” del #Foggia verso l’ex #Iemmello, autore di una doppietta stasera e poi sostituito per non avvelenare il clima dal tecnico del Catanzaro Vivarini. Seguirà peraltro un’ulteriore invasione di campo più tardi… pic.twitter.com/Hv4cdnqSAp
— Filippo Maggi (@Filippomaggi97) April 11, 2022