Swedish match stopped after fan attacks goalkeeper

Swedish match stopped after fan attacks goalkeeper

Published May. 24, 2011 4:34 p.m. ET

A Swedish league match between Malmo FF and Helsingborg was abandoned after a spectator went on to the field and pushed Helsingborg goalkeeper Par Hansson on Tuesday.

Moments earlier, a firecracker thrown from the stands went off next to Hansson, who was kneeling down when the fan approached from behind and pushed him off balance. The fan was wrestled to the ground by police.

The referee ordered all players off the field after the attack.

It's the second Swedish league match abandoned due to crowd trouble this season. A match between Syrianska and AIK was stopped when a linesman was hit by a firecracker. Syrianska was awarded a 3-0 default win.


The incident in Malmo happened when Helsingborg went up 1-0 after half an hour.