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AIK could face million euro hooligan fine

Paul O'Mahony · 21 Aug 2010, 13:38

Published: 21 Aug 2010 13:38 GMT+02:00

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Delegates from European football's governing body, Uefa, were among the targets as an estimated 300 AIK fans went on the rampage after the sides played out a scoreless draw at Råsunda stadium.

Uefa has officially charged the Stockholm club with "lack of order and security" and will meet to discuss disciplinary measures on September 23rd.

Photos taken outside the arena show how the front windscreen of the Bulgarians' team bus was smashed with rocks, while Levski officials and players were struck by stones and bottles.

Levski's president, Todor Batkov, was outraged by the scenes after himself being hit by a bottle.

"It's shocking. Sweden is a civilised country and such scenes are completely inadmissible," he told The Guardian.

"I've been to so many countries and I've never seen such things."

The Solna-based club issued a strong condemnation of Thursday's events through a statement on its website.

"We note with sorrow and despair how a small few once again take the liberty of ruining things for all real AIK fans. We will do everything in our power to ensure that these saboteurs receive their rightful punishment."

AIK was fined €15,000 by Uefa after crowd violence at a Champions League qualifier against Norwegian team Rosenborg on July 28th.

Earlier this week, AIK defender Walid Atta had his car vandalised after refusing to sign a new contract for the club. The player said he had previously received threatening phone calls from irate supporters.

Khennet Tallinge, chairman of the Swedish Football Association's disciplinary committee, has urged politicians to intervene and help stamp out a problem that continues to blight the sport in Sweden.

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"Look at England. There they have much tougher legislation," he told Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet.

"We do have a law allowing barring orders in Sweden but it's much harsher in England. Risk supporters there have to report to a police station 100 kilometres from the match while it is being played."

Paul O'Mahony (paul.omahony@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

19:54 August 21, 2010 by misssh
the small group that preform this act need to be held accountable for there actions and the police need to catch them and they need to be punished with jail terms! get hard with them and don't let them get away with it as that is why its as bad as it is.

its a sport not ufc these pea brains ruin the sport for people that want to watch it like normal human beings
20:07 August 21, 2010 by babashki
how much would any1 want to bet the attackers where foreign nationals, immigrants?
20:13 August 21, 2010 by misssh
babashki a rather racist comment i think and to be honest it really does not matter if they are or not they are still idiots either way
20:39 August 21, 2010 by jack sprat
Time the spineless politicians got their heads out of the sand and took firm action as in the UK.

This problem has been worsening for quite a few years now with numerous shocking incidents which the police and authorities don't seem to have the backbone or will to deal with.

Lets hope that EUFA come down on them like a ton of bricks and bring them to their senses.
22:16 August 21, 2010 by Mib
But what about their human rights? :0)

Anyway...1 million euros for a small club for hooliganism.....yet repeated racist chants in Eurpe attracts small 5 figure sums. So, we know where their priorities are then?
22:25 August 21, 2010 by waffen
" . . . Sweden is a civilised country . . . " (thanks to Todor Batkov for that) but that statement should be amended to:Sweden was a civilised country, that is, before the last twenty-five years or so of unrestricted immigration.

Malmo today is the abysmal case in point that supports my assertion.
23:11 August 21, 2010 by jack sprat
When I first came to Sweden many moons ago I was repeatedly asked what I thought of it.

My reply used to be "well it seems to be a very civilised country", diplomatically meaning there were no great problems but the lifestyle was none too exciting.

Afraid I can't say that now.

Back then I got the impression that many Swedes who had never travelled far,honestly believed it was paradise on earth compared to any other country.

Never ever hear those sentiments now.
00:33 August 22, 2010 by babashki
And what nationality did the fans of a team come in and attack teenagers after their team had lost?

Not racism, facts.
02:44 August 22, 2010 by inmylife

These are not immigrants. The football hooligans in Sweden are predominantly grown white Swedish men, often in it for the excitement of escaping their everyday boring lives.
06:49 August 22, 2010 by Burritos
Still...which flag was being raised as a bunch a adult Iraqi refugees jumped from the stands and attacked a team of under 16 year old native Swedes? The Iraqi one. In Sweden. Let's not forget that video because it was a microcosm of Swedish society these days.

As far as this incident, it's hard to tell what really happened because there is no video. I wouldn't be surprised if it was a Swedish mob (actually showing pride in something related to their country for once) or a bunch of Assyriska fans. When the media stops censoring itself with regards to news reports involving arab/african immigrants then we'll truly have no racism.
07:15 August 22, 2010 by misssh

maybe you should pull your head out of the sand and get the right facts because i believe you are wrong and there is a mixed amount of hooligans from sweden and (other than sweden) they are all just angry idiots with out a brain
09:13 August 22, 2010 by hilt_m
you know i think the problem is the game, it's just not violent enough, the crowed isn't able to unload with the violence in the game so instead goes nutts.
10:03 August 22, 2010 by omphus
Send them back to where they came from
12:04 August 22, 2010 by spo10
There's no way the police or the team itself could've controlled the situation. It isn't there duty to look after these fans afterall, they all came with their own money to support the team. Only a tougher legislation would be the solution in this case. Sweden should take England as an example.
12:26 August 22, 2010 by nightwish
I was in Stockholm recently with my son on holiday from England and we went to the AIK vs Brommapojkarna match.In the 2nd half AIK fans were fighting each other what was that all about?
15:20 August 22, 2010 by StockholmSam
I quit following football because of the hooligans. Uneducated, uncultured, immature rednecks is what they are...no matter what their ethnic background.
17:04 August 22, 2010 by misssh
StockholmSam well said!!!!
22:35 August 22, 2010 by jack sprat
I've been to quite a few games in Sweden,most fairly peaceful,but some not.

One thing I have noticed, apart from the fact that the yobs seem to be mainly Swedish,is that they often meet up in big numbers in a local park before a match,drink themselves almost legless and trash the park before moving on.

Very brave,the Swedes when they're well drunk and in big numbers.

I'm surprised the officials can't see what state they are in before allowing them into the stadiums.

However the mindless behaviour as often as not continues outside the ground and into town centres where innocent ppl.are occasionally hurt with little or no protection or intervention from the police.
08:22 August 23, 2010 by wabasha
I blame the game. If it wasn't so damn boring maybe the fans could go home thinking they got a good show for their money!
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