Manchester City defender Rico Lewis was struck by a lighter from a Burnley fan in disgraceful scenes at Turf Moor.
The youngster was left holding his head following the incident which occurred midway through the first half.
A lighter could be seen heading towards City youngster Lewis
He was left in a heap on the floor after the object struck his head
Lewis was on the ground after being bundled over by the corner flag, earning his side a free-kick deep in their own half.
But as he began to get up, a lighter could be seen chucked from the stands which smashed into his face.
The 18-year-old instantly put his hands to his head in what was a shocking scene in the Premier League season opener.
Speaking on talkSPORT commentary, Jim Proudfoot said: “Replays have shown he got hit in the face by a light shown at him.”
Former Chelsea midfielder Andy Townsend remarked: “What’s the matter with people?
“They’ve come to the game to watch the game, so watch the game. Let’s hope the authorities catch whoever did it.”
He continued: “The police should be getting involved with that. That could have taken his eye out. He should be nicked whoever threw that.”
Host Adrian Durham added: “What an absolute moron. He should be given a lifetime ban.”
GettyThe Citizens full-back started against Burnley at Turf Moor[/caption]
Thankfully, Lewis was able to continue after avoiding any serious injuries.
Burnley later took to social media to release a statement where they announced the fan in question had been identified and removed from the stadium by police.
It read: “We are aware of an incident that happened in the first half of the match where a missile was thrown at Manchester City player Rico Lewis.
“This is unacceptable. The person responsible has been identified and removed from the ground by the police.
“Any individual found guilty of throwing missiles within the stadium will receive a banning order.”