The Real Betis fan accused of throwing a bottle at Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Armando, says did not mean to cause harm, his lawyer has claimed.
“My client is deeply sorry. He didn’t want to injure Armando. Carmelo is really affected by all this because he is a true Betis fan,” Alvaro Pimentel said.
“All he asks now is that people show respect towards his family.”
The 40-year-old man was released on bail on Monday after being charged with a public disorder offence and causing injury.
On Saturday, Armando was hit by a bottle thrown by a Betis fan as he went to retrieve a ball for a goal kick. The visiting keeper was struck just below the right eye and required a number of stitches for a cut. Fans nearby identified the aggressor, who was handed over to the police.
Referee Carlos Clos Gomez abandoned the Primera Liga match with Bilbao winning 2-1.
The Spanish football federation (RFEF)’s disciplinary committee meet on Tuesday to decide what action to take.