A Swedish footballer has apologised after hurling a corner flag at opposition supporters.
Malmo’s Tobias Sana reacted angrily when a firecracker tossed from the crowd exploded next to him during Wednesday’s away game at IFK Gothenburg.
Jolted by the loud bang, Sana reacted by throwing the flag into the stands.
The match was abandoned.
The incident happened in the 77th minute, with the score at 0-0.
Match officials decided to call off the game, saying a linesman who was also near the firework when it exploded was shocked by the incident.
Sana, a former Gothenburg player who said he had a headache and ear pain following the incident, apologised for his actions.
“Now that I’ve gotten over the shock, I feel it was the stupidest decision of my life,” Sana said on Thursday in statement. “There are many young people who look up to me so I really want to apologise.”
Malmo said that Sana wouldn’t face any sanctions from the club.
In a move suggesting the firework was thrown by home fans, Gothenburg posted an apology on its website directed at Malmo, match officials and the spectators. The club could face sanctions from the Swedish football association’s disciplinary committee.
There was another security incident on a chaotic evening in Gothenburg. After the match was suspended, a Norwegian ice hockey player ran onto the field, reportedly as part of a bet with team-mates at recently crowned Swedish champion Frolunda.
Newspaper Aftonbladet said Mats Rosseli Olsen, who played for Norway at the Sochi Olympics, was charged with a public order offence and could face fines.
Frolunda director Christian Lechtaler told Swedish news agency TT that Olsen’s behaviour would have “consequences” but didn’t elaborate.
“Mats is very regretful and doesn’t feel good at all about this,” Lechtaler said.
Swedish football has been marred by crowd problems for years, including fans throwing objects at players and match officials and brawling with each other before or after games. Two years ago, a Djurgarden fan was killed after being attacked by hooligans ahead of an away match against Helsingborg.