Europa League carnage with ‘huge blast’ near pitch as fans ‘launch fireworks’

The Europa League clash between Malmo and Union Berlin had to be stopped after fans launched multiple fireworks onto the pitch.

Trouble broke out during the second half as missiles were launched by the visiting German fans from the away end. One landed close to a couple of players as the match was still being played.

The referee was forced to step in and suspend the fixture in the 60th minute at the Eleda Stadium in Sweden, but further ugly scenes followed as more flares were thrown across the ground and into the home crowd.

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There was then an extremely scary moment as a group of stewards made their way over to the fans. One of the pyrotechnics exploded just feet away from them.

Fortunately, it seems no one was injured by the mindless act. Union Berlin's official English Twitter account posted: "Bangers. Rockets onto the pitch from the Union end. The players taken off. They mull around the touchline. the game is temporarily suspended. B******s. I'm sorry.

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"This is a mess. There were at least two rockets from the Union end, at least one big flare from Malmo. Now it's a standoff. No one knows what will happen."

Both sets of supporters were warned to stop throwing objects with the match in doubt. But after a break of around 20 minutes, the players and officials did return to the pitch.

The score had been 0-0 so forward Sheraldo Becker's strike for 10-man Union Berlin, who'd had midfielder Andras Schafer sent off in the first half, eight minutes after the restart was enough for them to claim all three points on their travels.

The Bundesliga side will welcome Malmo to Germany for the reverse fixture next week, with a UEFA investigation into the crowd trouble expected in the meantime.


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