Hooligan scandal at Stockholm derby

Hooligan scandal at Stockholm derby
The Stockholm derby match between AIK and Hammarby on Monday evening was plagued by hooliganism and rioting for the second consecutive year.

Police suspect nine people of rioting and public disorder offences.

All of those arrested for rioting in connection with the football match between Solna team AIK and south Stockholm team Hammarby had been released by Tuesday morning.

However nine of the arrested remain suspected of public order offences.

Many more were detained in connection with the hooligan scandal at the match at Råsunda stadium in Solna. This is the second consecutive year that the derby match between the teams has been plagued by hooliganism and rioting.

Several people were detained for drunken disorder as police broke up groups of football supporters in order to keep the crowds moving.

The build up to the match saw a series of incidents in and around Stockholm and a commuter train at Stockholm South Station was vandalized.

“There was also fighting by the southern parking area at Råsunda, but it had broken up by the time we arrived,” said Ann-Charlotte Wejnäs at Stockholm police to news agency TT.

Close to Råsunda around 200 AIK supporters had armed themselves with stones when police arrived on the scene and intervened.

Monday’s match was interrupted in the 83rd minute when Hammarby supporters threw a firework at AIK’s goalkeeper. The match resumed 20 minutes later and finished 2-2.