Mykhailo Mudryk had a green laser shone in his eyes during Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday evening.
The 22-year-old appeared to be on the verge of joining Arsenal in the January transfer window before Chelsea moved in to complete a £88.5 million deal with Shakhtar Donetsk.
Mudryk came off the bench with 19 minutes remaining as Chelsea looked for a way back into the game at the Emirates Stadium and the Ukraine international was booed by Arsenal supporters during this time on the pitch.
But the winger also had a bright green laser aimed at his face by someone in the crowd during the second half.
The Football Association is expected to investigate the incident and could take action against Arsenal. During Euro 2020, the FA was fined €30,000 (£25,630) by UEFA after a laser pointer was directed at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel during England’s semi-final win at Wembley.
But Mudryk has moved to play down the incident after Chelsea’s defeat as he posted an image of himself being targeted by the laser with the caption ‘it’s ok’ and an emoji of two hands making the shape of a heart.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard slammed his side’s first-half performance against Arsenal, while the defeat means he has now suffered six losses in a row since being appointed as caretaker manager.
‘The first half performance was not good enough in every way,’ Lampard said.
‘We were nice to play against in every way, nice off the ball, passive. Things we spoke about before the game defensively we didn’t do.
‘We didn’t restrict space between the lines, we didn’t get the line up as much as we didn’t do, we didn’t pressure the ball, we didn’t make contact with Arsenal players.
‘Then on the ball, same. Passing short, passing to ourselves in bad position, not playing longer, not making forwards runs, things that we talked about.
‘Play like that, you get what you get.’