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Football club fined for firework that hit referee

The Swedish Football Association (Svenska fotbollsförbundet) has ordered Stockholm-based club AIK to pay a fine of 150,000 kronor ($24,500) for an incident in which a referee was hit by a firework thrown from stands, forcing the match to be abandoned.

Football club fined for firework that hit referee

In addition, AIK’s opponent in the April 25th match, Södertälje-based rival Syrianska FC, is to be awarded a 3-0 victory for the match.

Crowds at the Allsvenskan football match, played April 25th on Syrianska’s home arena, became aggressive following referee Martin Ströbergsson’s decision to send off AIK’s Teteh Bangura in the first half.

Violence erupted in the stands, and several objects were thrown onto the pitch, including a firecracker that struck assistant referee Daniel Wärnmark.

Strömbergsson finally decided to interrupt the match, only 20 minutes into the game.

Up until Thursday, it has been unclear which team has been to blame for the incident, but the Swedish Football Association has now decided that AIK must pay a 150,000 kronor fine.

As Syrianska was in the lead by 1-0 when the game was interrupted, the association has also awarded the football team points for a 3-0 victory.

Although the Swedish Football Association has reached their verdict, the Södertälje police force is however still investigating the events of April 25th, writes news agency TT.

“Several different things have happened, and we want the full picture before we decide who has done what,” Mikael Alfredsson of the Södertälje police told TT.

Shortly after the Football Association announced the verdict, AIK announced on its website it planned to appeal the decision, saying it “didn’t share the opinion” of the association’s disciplinary committee.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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