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Player death threat mars Swedish football match

25 Sep 2012, 16:10

Published: 25 Sep 2012 16:10 GMT+02:00

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"Simon Thern should die," read the banner unrolled by Helsingborg fans who were cheering on the hometown side in what has grown to be one of the fiercest rivalries in Sweden's top football league, the Allsvenskan.

The death threat also included a doll wearing a t-shirt that said "Thern" and outfitted with a noose around its neck hanging next to the banner.

Simon Thern, the object of the threat, had previously played for Helsingborg before joining Malmö last year.

Coupled with mounting supporter violence before and during the match, the threat prompted police and club officials from Helsingborg to nearly call off the game.

"We were ready to stop the match. These are incredibly cowardly people who do things like this," said Helsingborg club spokesperson Fredrik Ericsson to the Expressen newspaper.

"We from the club's side take the incident very seriously. We held talks and were prepared to stop the match because of [the threat]."

Ericsson explained, however, that there was little else for the club to do, emphasizing that the death threat directed against Thurn was a "police matter".

The threat was the latest example of the growing rivalry between the two clubs.

Last season the game in Malmö was abandoned after a firework hit a player who was later assaulted by a rival fan.

As the banner calling for Thern's death was taken down after seven or eight minutes, Helsingborg officials ultimately decided to let the match go on.

Ericsson explained that it was hard to combat such stunts because the fans responsible "protect one another".

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"We have surveillance cameras and pictures of it. But you can't see anything on the faces of those who did it. They have hoods and are covering their faces. You can't see a thing," he told Expressen.

Following a scoreless first half, the match ended in a 1-1 after Malmö equalized with five minutes left in the match to salvage a point.

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18:36 September 25, 2012 by StockholmSam
Idiots. They should have called off the match. They really need to tighten up on this kind of foolishness. because football hooligans don't leave this behavior at the stadium; they take it into their everyday lives because they feel empowered by their actions at the matches.
07:52 September 26, 2012 by Cephalectomy
the title writer should learn some english so badly
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