Football hooligans run riot on Swedish flight
TT/The Local · 11 May 2009, 11:49
Published: 11 May 2009 11:49 GMT+02:00
Despite the fact that five of the followers of Stockholm club Djurgården were forced to leave the plane before take off from Malmö Airport bound for Stockholm Bromma, the situation became so unruly that crew members considered terminating the flight.
Sunday's loss in the Allsvenskan football match against Malmö FF proved too much for some of the supporters of struggling Djurgården. Several of the football fans lost their senses on the flight operated by Malmö Aviation back to Stockholm.
"When the plane was due to taxi out two people stood up and started shouting and screaming. When a flight attendant and a passenger tried to calm them down so that the plane could take off, the passenger was held down by two supporters while a third punched him," said Bengt Kihlberg at Stockholm police to news agency TT.
The disturbance forced the plane to return to the gate where police collected five of the more unruly supporters.
Despite the arrests the rowdy behaviour continued all the way to Bromma and when the plane landed in Stockholm it was met with a large police presence.
Seven Djurgården supporters are now suspected of air traffic offences and several reports of assault and threatening behaviour have been filed with police.
"All have been identified but no one has been detained. The prosecutor will take a look at this and hopefully legal proceedings will follow," said Bengt Kihlberg.
"There were a total of 30-40 Djurgården supporters onboard the aircraft and there was a great deal of irritation that five were forced off the plane. The staff considered interrupting the journey and cabin service was suspended for safety reasons. The situation then improved somewhat and the flight could then be completed," Bent Kihlberg said.