By Chineze Ogugua
Royal Charleroi player Cristian Benavente dropped to the ground yesterday after being struck on the shoulder by an extinguished smoke bomb as he celebrated scoring his second goal, which had put Charleroi 2-1 up in the 28th minute against Royal Antwerp.
The 23-year-old Peru midfielder had run over to the away fans near the goal to celebrate when he fell from the impact of the bomb.
Antwerp coach Laszlo Boloni blamed Benavente for celebrating in front of the opposition fans stating that he “could have found some other place to go celebrate his goal.”
Benavente in reply stated that it wasn’t his intention to provoke anyone as he simply continued running instinctively.
Meanwhile, Charleroi club secretary Pierre-Yves Hendrickx has said that his player should be absolved of any blame.
According to Hendricks, “The league will do its job because our player received a smoke bomb on his head and that will be in the referee’s report I suppose,” he said.
“So a fine will have to follow. It shouldn’t go any further because the incident wasn’t followed by another.”
Sporting Charleroi went on to win the match 3-1.
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