Europa League clash between Malmo and Union Berlin SUSPENDED as firework explodes on pitch and riot police intervene | The Sun

MALMO'S Europa League clash with Union Berlin was suspended for 20 minutes after fans threw flares onto the pitch.

In alarming scenes, a firework also appeared to go off in the stands as riot police were deployed.

Telly cameras captured the scary moment a lit flare landed on the field, just a few yards from a player.

A club statement from Malmo after the match appeared to point the blame at travelling Union fans.

It read: "Malmo FF deeply regrets the situation with the thrown pyrotechnics and bangers from the away section in connection with our home match against Union Berlin.

"Tonight's events are something we have never been close to before, something that does not belong in our stadium or any stadium in the world and we clearly distance ourselves from the illegal actions of the individuals in the away section who put other people in great danger.


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"On Thursday evening, we contacted as many spectators as possible who were close to the events.

"It must be safe to go to football. Eleda Stadium must be a safe place to visit. We will continue to work for that."

Union Berlin told a different story, however, writing on their official Twitter account: "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 stand-off. No-one knows what will happen."

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They then added: "Just to clarify, it's not certain yet they came from the Union block. Or what happened, there are question marks everywhere.

"It was suddenly chaos. We are waiting for more information."

Trouble occurred early in the second half with the score level at 0-0.

Following a 20 minute delay play resumed, with Sheraldo Becker firing Union to victory with a 68th minute strike.

The result leaves Malmo bottom of the Europa League group with zero points after three games, with Union third on three points.

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