Helsingborgs IF officials are investigating an incident surrounding masked men who ran on the pitch and forcibly removed player Jordan Larsson's jersey following their team's relegation from the Swedish Allsvenskan
At the end of the 2-1 defeat by Halmstad on Sunday, a result that condemned Helsingborgs to their first relegation in 23 years, hooded supporters ran on the pitch and forcibly removed 19-year-old Larsson's shirt before security was forced to intervene.
Larsson's father and manager, Swedish international legend Henrik Larsson, spoke to the press following the incident, saying he understood the fans' feelings but would be more aware of his safety: “I understand their frustration. That's why I went over there too. It was not the smartest thing for me to do. I did not see that they were attacking Jordan, but if I had I would have gone in there. I live and work here in town. I will look over my shoulder a little more and make sure not to walk alone in town. If they (hooligans) come, they come. We have many dogs at home.”
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In a statement on the club's website, director Mats-Ola Schulze decried the ugly scenes: “The events that took place after today's game were unacceptable. Helsingborgs IF strongly reject this because it is contrary to our values. We will return with a statement about this when we have created a comprehensive picture.”