Violence against footballers must be stopped
Monday 18 February
FIFPro condemns the incident that caused a severe eye injury to Venezuelan professional footballer Jesús Quintero. He is the latest victim of hooligan’s violence.
On Sunday January 18th, Jesús Quintero was sitting in the team bus of Estudiantes de Mérida, ready to return home after a 3-1 loss at Llaneros de Guarane in the Venezuelan Clausura championship. He was badly injured by glass flying around when rival hooligans attacked the bus and threw rocks through the windows of the coach.
Quintero suffered cuts around his eyes, as well as his lips and hands. The 18-year old player needed emergency eye surgery on both eyes. According to a club statement, the operation was successful, Quintero would not suffer long-term damage to his eyes, the club said.
FIFPro is appalled by the incident. ‘All too often I read stories about players seeking shelter in their bus, hiding from attacks of rival fans. That’s horrible. Imagine yourself – waiting to return home after a day at work- sitting in a bus in the midst of such barbaric aggression…’, reacts Tony Higgins, FIFPro’s spokesperson on anti-racism and anti-violence.
‘The sight of Jesús Quintero covered in blood, really makes me feel sick to my stomach. It is a miracle that he will probably not suffer any long-term damage. You don’t want to think about what could have happened…’
‘We at FIFPro wish him a speedy and full recovery. We hope to see him back in action as quickly as possible. Last week, he scored his first ever goal as a professional player. We at FIFPro are looking forward to watching Jesús score his second goal in professional football.’
FIFPro is monitoring all violent and racist incidents involving professional footballers. All professional footballers’ associations worldwide assist in collecting information about these incidents.
Higgins: ‘We hope and expect that the Venezuelan authorities and all other national authorities worldwide will do their utmost to prevent shameful incidents such as these from reoccurring.’
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