Jimmy Nielsen hit in head by object
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Sporting Kansas City goalkeeper Jimmy Nielsen was hit in the head by a thrown piece of a bobblehead doll during Wednesday night's game against Portland.
Two people were taken into custody shortly after the incident.
Video replays showed the Danish keeper grabbing his head and falling to the pitch, where he lay for 4 minutes. He was hit shortly after Graham Zusi's 25th-minute goal put Sporting up 1-0 and was able to continue playing after being examined by medical personnel.
"I did not see it coming," Nielsen said of the incident, according to the Kansas City Star. "First I thought I walked into the post, then I realized I was a long way from the post.
"I had a crazy headache. I was like 'Oh my God, I need to lie down for a second.' Then I saw I was bleeding and was just waiting for them to come and fix it so I could play again," Nielsen said, according to the report.
Sporting gave away bobblehead dolls of forward Omar Bravo at Wednesday night's game.
Team spokesman Rob Thomson said the team used security cameras to identify the fans who allegedly threw the object, according to the Star. It was not immediately clear whether Nielsen was the intended target, Thomson said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.