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Swedish fan killed in clashes on the opening weekend of season


Swedish fan killed in clashes on the opening weekend of season

The first weekend of the new football season in Sweden was overshadowed by the death of a supporter on Sunday.

A Djurgarden fan died from head injuries sustained in an assault before his team’s opening league match at Helsingborg.

The incident happened 30 minutes before kick-off when clashes broke out between rival fans in the city centre.

Police have indicated that the man was hit over the head with an object, but have so far made no arrests in connection with the death.

When news spread through the terraces that the 40-year-old had succumbed to his injuries Djurgarden supporters began to storm the pitch prompting a tense stand off between stadium security staff and police and fans.

Referee Martin Hansson escorted the players off the pitch in the 42nd minute with the decision to abandon the match following shortly after with the score at 1-1.

Fans were quick to pay their tributes to the victim leaving scarves,shirts, flowers and even ticket stubs at the scene of the incident.

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