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Football hooliganism prompts 'strike' threat

Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 1 Aug 2011, 08:54

Published: 01 Aug 2011 08:54 GMT+02:00

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"It can't go on like this," Rexhapi said on the day after a match between Malmö and Djurgården was abandoned after just twelve minutes.

After several bangers were let off in the Djurgården stand, referee Martin Hansson elected to order the players back into the changing room, where they stayed.

While Malmö took an early 1-0 lead in the home match at the city's Swedbank Arena, fireworks began raining down on the field after only six minutes.

The incident is the last of a string of hooligan-related scandals to hit the Swedish top flight recently and is the second match at Malmö's Swedbank Stadium to have been abandoned this season.

Malmö's goal was scored by Rexhapi and he remains angry that his goal was not allowed to count.

"This has to end. All the clubs in the Allsvenskan have to take a stand. I have spoken about a strike. Why not? We can never let a couple of idiots on the terraces take over our football," he said to the local Sydsvenskan daily.

Rexhapi suggested that there are several ways the players could act to show their dismay at the development in Swedish football that many observers have compared to the hooligan plague that blighted English football back in the 1980s.

"We have to take care of the future football generations. Young people look up to us. We have to show what we think," he told the newspaper.

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Among the alternatives being discussed are refusing to play a match, a players demonstration and a coordinated protest with all of Sweden's top flight clubs.

Malmö FF's next home game is against Glasgow Rangers in a Champions League qualifier on Wednesday.

The Swedes hold a one goal lead from the first leg and the Scottish champions head to Sweden knowing that in 55 years the club has never come back from losing a home leg to win a European tie.

Peter Vinthagen Simpson (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:21 August 1, 2011 by McChatter
Sure, put the blame on "the authorities"! Why don't the clubs provide better security for the spectators (who are, after all, their customers)? Why don't the players clean up their game and stop carrying out "professional tackles"? Less violence on the field leads to less violence on the terraces.
11:28 August 1, 2011 by swedejane
How about addressing the hooliganism in my neighborhood...in Hisingen there are these turds everywhere and no one seems to give a shrug until someone gets capped in the skull.
11:43 August 1, 2011 by J Jack
Just give up football and change the national sport to Rugby .. problem solved .. all the hooligans will turn to street crime and go to jail .. right now their crimes are sanctioned by the protection of the stands, the events and the beautiful game.
12:15 August 1, 2011 by Dazzler
Start locking them up with a nice lengthy stay in jail. Act like a retard behind bars for a month or two.
20:02 August 1, 2011 by Grokh
the clubs and the authorities have to ban these people from games...pure and simple.

in most places hooligans are not permited to even travel to see matches.
22:42 August 1, 2011 by GLO
Why do Swedish men act like boys, I must surmise this is because they get excited about a girls sport. The NFL is about to start... Thank God !!!!

You wont see our Fans pull this crap off......Who cares !!!
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