Europa League Game Temporarily Suspended After ‘Huge Blast’ As Fans Launch Multiple Fireworks Onto the Pitch

Europa League Game Temporarily Suspended After ‘Huge Blast’ As Fans Launch Multiple Fireworks Onto the Pitch

  • Pandemonium erupted during a Europa League match after fans threw fireworks onto the pitch, forcing play to be suspended temporarily
  • The game featured hosts Malmo and German side Union Berlin, playing at the Eleda Stadium in Sweden
  • Union Berlin snatched a narrow 1-0 win, but UEFA is set to start investigations into the matter

Ugly scenes were witnessed in the Europa League clash between Malmo and Union Berlin. After multiple fireworks were launched into the stadium, the referee was forced to stop play momentarily.

A thunderous blast heard and seen inside the pitch shocked players and fans, a situation which prompted the involvement of the police.

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10-man Union Berlin won the match 1-0. Photos by Ulrik Pedersen and Johan Nilsson.
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Chaos began after missiles were hurled onto the middle of the pitch by away fans, while play was going on. One landed close to one player.

The referee was forced to halt proceedings in the 60th minute. Still, more chaos followed as more flares were thrown on the pitch and towards the home fans inside the Eleda Stadium in Sweden, according to the Daily Star.

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As stewards scrambled to get a hold of the situation, one of the pyrotechnics exploded a few feet from them, resulting in a scary moment.

10-man Union Berlin get their Europa League win

Fortunately, no one was injured in the mess. Fans from both teams were warned to stop the violence and disruption. After 20 minutes, the match resumed and ended peacefully.

The encounter was 0-0 when they resumed, and the German side played with 10 men after Andras Schafer was sent off at the stroke of halftime.

Sheraldo Becker's strike for Union Berlin in the 68th minute was enough to hand them a narrow win.

In October last year, Union Berlin fans clashed with Rotterdam police during their Europa Conference League encounter with Feyenoord, according to The Sun.

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A UEFA investigation into the matter is expected to commence immediately. The two sides meet in the second leg next week Thursday.

Tear gas thrown during a French Ligue 1 game

Sports Brief earlier reported on a French Ligue 1 match being suspended after fans launched multiple tear gas canisters onto the pitch, forcing players to cover their noses and eyes.

Cases of fan violence in French football are commonplace. The French interior ministry last weekend banned Nice fans not only from entering the city of Paris but also from attending their team's match versus PSG.

Source: Sports Brief News