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Torino steward has spleen removed after being hit by a wayward free-kick

Candreva free-kick

Eesh: a venomous strike from Inter's Antonio Candreva has forced one unfortunate bystander to have surgery

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In the 23rd minute of Torino's 1-0 victory over Inter in Serie A on Sunday, Candreva smacked a set-piece off target which ended up hitting 25-year-old Marco Rapisarda.

The university student had been facing the other way when he was struck in his lower back. According to Calciomercato.com, the poor victim had to finish his shift before he was checked out at a hospital.

Scans revealed that he needed speedy surgery to stop the internal haemorrhage, before having his spleen removed.

By way of apology, both Torino and Inter have gifted Rapisarda some replica shirts.

Torino have also changed their security detail for home games by moving their stewards to a shatterproof glass area so that nobody has to go through the same pain again. Ouch indeed.

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