Dynamo keeper injured after brawl with coach

November 10, 2006

KIEV, Nov 10 (Reuters) - Dynamo Kiev reserve goalkeeper Oleksander Rybka was taken to hospital on Thursday after being punched in the face by a rival team's coach during a second division match.

Rybka, who suffered concussion and was out of action for several weeks after being hurt in a Champions League match against Real Madrid in September, was playing in goal for Dynamo's reserves.

A report in Sport Express daily said the 19-year-old collided with CSKA's Serhiy Matyuk in a clash that sent both men sprawling.

The goalkeeper then went over to his adversary and began kicking him, prompting CSKA coach Yuri Maximov to race on to the pitch and strike Rybka in the face.

Both players were taken to hospital, with the under-21 international suffering from concussion. He was given a red card for the incident as was Maximov. The match ended 0-0.

Rybka was concussed in Dynamo's 5-1 defeat by Real after he was hit by defender Sergio Ramos. He played through to the end of the match but had to be helped off the pitch.

'Rybka really should not have behaved in this way,' Dynamo president Ihor Surkis told Sport Express. 'I believe his aggressive action was linked to his new concussion.'