Sevilla goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic warned he knows how to defend himself after he was involved in an altercation with a fan during their Europa League loss to PSV.
The shot-stopper clashed with a supporter who rushed him on the field during the closing stages of their 2-0 defeat at Philips Stadion, pinning him until security could intervene.
Though Sevilla fell to defeat on the road after goals from Luuk de Jong and Fabio Silva, their three-goal advantage from the first leg saw them seal progress to the next round.
Speaking afterwards, Dmitrovic expounded upon the incident, stating such violence has no place in football and calling for punishment to be handed out to the individual in question.
"He pushed me from behind and tried to hit me," he told Movistar+. "He caught my nose and neck a little.
"The truth is that I wanted to hit him. If you want to hit someone, you sign up for a sport like boxing.
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"Football doesn't deserve these things. I hope they punish him. It was a surprise, because you are focused on the game.
"I've never struck anyone in my life, but I know how to defend myself. It's not good in football or in life. The important thing is we have progressed."
Stats Perform approached UEFA for comment following the incident, to which the governing body said they would wait for the referee's match report before addressing the situation.