Serbian player threatened at gunpoint after missing late penalty


The darker side of sport reared its ugly head earlier this week in Belgrade.

Zarko Udovicic missed a late penalty for Novi Pazar in a one-goal loss on Saturday, but that disappointing feeling compares very little to the awful emotions he experience on Monday at the club’s training ground.

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According to a report filed by the Serbian players association, a group of 6-7 angry fans stormed into the Blues’ locker room. One of them pointed a gun at Udovicic and demanded to know whether his miss was part of a match fix.

From the Associated Press:

Union president Mirko Poledica says the Serbian soccer federation and league did not react to the incident.

Udovicic told local media it was like “a scene from a movie” when several fans entered the locker room. The player was asked if he missed the penalty to fix the match against Rad Belgrade.

Udovicic says he doesn’t plan to go back to Novi Pazar, a city close to the border with Kosovo.

It had to be a terrifying incident for the team, let alone the player.