Alvaro Morata to be assessed after Spain vs France pitch invader incident


Spain will assess Alvaro Morata after he was involved in an incident with a pitch invader and a freak collision with a member of his own team’s security staff following their semi-final win over France.

Atletico Madrid forward Morata, who is the captain of his national team, started the 2-1 victory in Munich before being substituted late on.

Following the game as his team-mates celebrated in front of fans a supporter entered the field of play and attempted to get a photo alongside the team.

A security staff member appeared to be running to intercept a pitch invader before slipping on the surface and making contact with Morata’s legs.

The 31-year-old gathered his footing again before he stood hunched over for several minutes.

Television cameras then appeared to show the ex-Chelsea striker grimacing as he filed through a guard of honour along with his team-mates.

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Morata was caught up in an incident post-match (Jose Breton/Pics Action/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Spain head coach Luis De La Fuente said they would have to “wait until tomorrow” with the final in Berlin five days away.

Midfielder Rodri said Morata was in pain in the dressing room but added he should be “fine” for the final.

Earlier in the evening, a pitch invader was apprehended trying to take a selfie with France captain Kylian Mbappe.

Euro 2024 organiser UEFA has faced criticism for its security measures around live games amid a spate of pitch invader attempts throughout the tournament.

UEFA said it would bulk up its security after seven fans made it onto the field during Portugal’s victory over Turkey at BVB Stadion Dortmund.

Portugal head coach Roberto Martinez said afterwards the incidents were a “concern” and could pose a danger to players.

Spain will play in their fifth European Championship final and will meet the winner of the Netherlands against England in the other semi-final tie on Wednesday evening.

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