Serie B Game Abandoned Five Seconds After Lecce's Manuel Scavone Suffers Sickening Head Injury
An Italian second division game was abandoned just five seconds in after Leece player Manuel Scavone suffered a sickening head injury.
Straight from kick-off, Ascoli looked to get on the front foot immediately, launched the ball up to Giacomo Beretta in the air.
Following an accidental clash of heads, Scavone landed horribly - his head smacking the turf of the pitch with frightening impact as he was knocked unconsciousness.
Both sets of players frantically signalled for help, which came in the form of medics, and they also moved advertising boards so the ambulance could get through.
It was then decided the game would be postponed and arranged for a later date.
Scavone, on loan at Lecce at Parma, regained consciousness in hospital. A statement from the Vito Fazzi facility, as per Football Italia, said he underwent CT scans and "no internal lesions" to the cranium, neck or torso were discovered.
He is to be monitored in hospital for 24 hours as a precaution but appears to be doing well. Lecce posted a picture of Savcone smiling with Beretta, the opposition player involved in the collision, visiting him in hospital.
Ascoli club manager Francesco Lillo and Lecce general director Giuseppe Mercadante also checked in to see how he was recovering.
Questa mattina l'attaccante bianconero Giacomo Beretta in visita a Manuel Scavone, ricoverato presso l'Ospedale Vito Fazzi di Lecce a seguito dello scontro di gioco, che ha visto coinvolti ieri sera i due calciatori dopo pochi secondi dall'inizio di Lecce-Ascoli. @Lega_B pic.twitter.com/RNOPUMdRYi- Ascoli Calcio 1898 FC SpA (@ascolicalciofc) February 2, 2019
A Serie B game was halted five seconds after kick-off and then abandoned following a head injury to Lecce midfielder Manuel Scavone.- The_Sport_News (@sportne53258786) February 2, 2019
The 31-year-old, who is on loan from Parma, collided in the air with Ascoli forward Giacomo Beretta and fell heavily on his head. pic.twitter.com/RFH2IwxsvV