Hooligans strike in pre-game brawl

At least five people were injured in the early hours Sunday morning when fans of Stockholm’s Hammarby football club clashed with guests in a restaurant, a brawl that later took to the streets.

Hooligans strike in pre-game brawl

As tensions heat up before Sunday afternoon’s match, a gang of nearly 30 Hammarby fans descended upon a local pub in central Falkenberg late Saturday night, according to news agency TT.

The group clashed with guests at the restaurant and later took their fight into the street.

They continued to brawl with police officers, who responded to the 1am alarm.

At least five people were injured and a nearby pizzeria was extensively vandalized.

Two people have been arrested thus far on suspicion of rioting, reported local news Hallands Nyheter on their website.

In a recent move to curb rising hooligan behaviour, rival football club Djurgården received approval in May from the Data Inspection Board (Datainspektionen) to initiate a register of blacklisted supporters that will prevent known rioters out from attending sporting events.

“Hooliganism and criminal behaviour around and at the stadiums is a huge problem, which recent events have shown,” said director general Göran Gräsund in a previous statement.

Should this move spike a trend with other football clubs wanting to register data and exchange information about blacklisted supporters, the board may seek sterner measures.

Falkenberg and Hammarby will meet in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.

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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.