The behaviour of Real Betis and Sevilla directors before Wednesday’s King’s Cup match should be investigated, according to the Spanish government’s Anti-violence Commission.
The game was abandoned when Sevilla coach Juande Ramos was knocked unconscious by a bottle thrown from the stands at Betis’s stadium.
“The attitudes, statements, and conduct of the directors and those responsible at both clubs have contributed to the raised tension between the rival fans,” the Commission said in a statement.
“They cannot be disassociated from the serious incidents that occurred on the day of the game. We ask the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) to open an urgent investigation into the level of responsibility the two sets of directors could have had for what occurred.”
The build-up to the match was overshadowed by arguments between directors of the respective clubs over whether or not Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido would be allowed in the VIP box at the Betis stadium.
Betis finally allowed Del Nido to attend although some fans threw objects at him, one of which hit him on the nose, as he took his seat.