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Match abandoned after firework hits referee

Match abandoned after firework hits referee

Published: 25 Apr 2011 20:23 GMT+02:00
Updated: 25 Apr 2011 20:23 GMT+02:00

Sunday's Allsvenskan football match between Stockholm clubs AIK and Syrianska had to be abandoned 20 minutes into the match after an assistant referee was struck by a firecracker thrown from the crowd.

Violence broke out in the first half when referee Martin Strömbergsson sent off AIK’s Teteh Bangura for stamping on the opposition goalkeeper.The red card provoked violence from both sets of fans and objects rained onto the pitch, one of which caught Wärnmark on the head.

Match official Lars Wilhelmsson said, “He has definitely got tinnitus and will need to see a doctor. He still cannot hear properly.”

Once again hooliganism has cast an ugly shadow over the game here, although there are differing accounts of which set of fans actually threw the firework that hit Wärnmark.

According to Canal Plus there were about 20 objects thrown onto the pitch and Radiosporten sources claim that the firework which hit the referee came from the Syrianska fans.

AIK fans responded by raining fireworks and other objects at the home fans.

With Wärnmark taken away for treatment the players and officials were led off the pitch and after some 40 minutes of deliberating, it was decided the safest option would be to abandon the match.

Shortly afterwards, match referee Strömbergsson talked to the media and explained why the match was called off.

“It was due to the circumstances, quite simply and above all because the assistant referee received a blow just milimetres from his ear. He is in great pain. He has to go to hospital and for that reason we decided to call off the game”, he said, adding that Wärnmark is still badly shaken after the incident.

It is still unclear whether the game will be replayed and if so, when. At the time of the incident, Syrianska were leading 1-0.

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08:09 April 26, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
What happened during the football match beetween AIK and Syrianska teams, comes to no surprise to me at all.

Football and violence has been handing hands since the 14th Century when King Edward II prohibited a match beetween two towns that were enemies. During the match, everybody was involved in fights. The king thought that disorders around matches could lead to social inestability and possible treason.

The term "hooligan" became common in the English language since 1898, to describe gangs of hoodlums. It is probably a corruption of the surname of an English family that lived in London and was well-known for its love to quarrel. Hooliganism describes the disordered behaviour, aggressive and frequently violent of the spectators during sporting events.

This behaviour originated in England at the beginning of the 1960's and has been linked to the television transmission of the matches. It was described as an English illness.

The hooligans take advantage of the technology to arrange when, where and at what time they will reunite before going to a football match… to fight and provoke turmoils.

Media is responsible because the matches are seen as an easy target to cover. Opportunities to lose a story are minimal. TV cameras inside the stadiums guarantee that disorders will be transmitted directly.

Many journalists are sent to cover the matches, but not only to describe the event, but to describe the crowd's behaviour. Many experts around the world claim that the coverage that a football match is made by media, makes that hooliganism has grown without proportions.

The technique used to edit in order to impact, utilizing graphic headlines, warlike images and qualifying terms, has served and serves to exagerate the story.

However, the greatest threat for the security of real fans, involves also fan's disorderly response towards the game, insecure facilities and very defficient techniques to control the masses.

In conclussion, do not blame only the hooligans; blame the media, organizers and police, but specially the media that sees one more story that will produce an increase in the printed copies sold and in the tv viewers.
10:18 April 26, 2011 by Localer
immigrate football team vs swedes football team
10:36 April 26, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
10:18 April 26, 2011 by Localer

Please. Do not be racist. Hooliganism has nothing to do with nationalities. It is a disease, regardless of the teams involved in the matches. I can see that you are one more of the millions of Swedish morons that think they are descendants of the Nazis.
10:50 April 26, 2011 by Scambaiter
With respect, Mr Belmar, it was known as the "English disease".

And according to another theory, the term hooligan is someone who is often seen at a "houlie", a small Irish or Celtic gathering or party, that could be held in a house, pub or any public place. Based on an Irish word, houlie, which means "a wild, spirited party". The gathering would usually involve traditional Celtic music and dancing. It may include consuming alcoholic beverages. Hence if you are a "hooligan" you are seen at many "houlies".

Certainly you make some valid points (historical and social, if a little wikipediaish), but you can hardly lay all the blame for hooliganism at the foot of the media. Doubtless, the media is a contributing factor but shooting the messengers?

The majority of the blame for the bad behaviour should still fall on the irresponsible, tribal, adrenalin-addicted young men who get their kicks out of running in packs and fighting each other. Whenever large groups of drunken young men get together, there is, after all, a potential for violence. You can blame some sections of the media for sensationalising it.

What you really should be doing, instead of apportioning blame, is suggesting solutions to the hooligan issue. I suggest you turn to the UK (which you refer to quite frequently in your comment) to find these solutions.
11:57 April 26, 2011 by EtoileBrilliant
It was an English disease. Then they introduced full body searches, proper policing and CCTV cameras - all things that Swedes consider invasion of privacy - and it was eliminated over the space of 8 years.
13:01 April 26, 2011 by Åskar
When Sweden hosted the European cup some time in the eighties a Scottish fan was interviewed by the local paper in my home town. His comment about hooliganism was something like "We fight the fans of other Scottish teams and we certainly fight Englishmen, but outside the island we let the English keep up their bad reputation on their own".
17:23 April 26, 2011 by J. L. Belmar
@ambaiter

Wey aye, it wes caaled the english "disease". an', wot is wrang tuh lyeuk fo' facts in the web? divvint yee dee it? if yee divvent, yee must be yen iv the thousand anonymous editors iv wikipedia, somethin that does neet crack tuh highly abyeut yee.
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