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Danish soccer federation sues fan who attacked referee in Euro 2008 qualifier

Danish soccer federation sues fan who attacked referee in Euro 2008 qualifier

The Danish fan who attacked a referee during a European Championship qualifier between Sweden and Denmark will be sued for 1.9 million kroner (euro255,130; US$350,000), the Danish soccer federation said Friday.
The man, who cannot be named under a court order, stormed the pitch on June 2 and started to attack German referee Herbert Fandel for sending off a Danish player and giving a penalty to Sweden.
The amount represents the loss from ticket sales and extra expenses following UEFA's ruling that banned Denmark from playing its next two European Championship games at its national stadium in Copenhagen, the Danish soccer federation, DBU, said in a statement.
The Parken stadium, the national arena, has also said it was considering a lawsuit for 7 million kroner (euro940,000; US$1,3 million) against the fan.
The 29-year-old man ran onto the pitch moments after Fandel had given a red card to Christian Poulsen for punching Swedish striker Markus Rosenberg in the stomach in the final minutes of the game.
The man was able to get a hand to Fandel's neck before being restrained by Danish players. He has since apologized for the attack.
Fandel abandoned the Group F match with the score level at 3-3 after the attack. UEFA eventually awarded Sweden a 3-0 victory.
In July, the man, who admitted being drunk, was charged with violence and trespassing. The trial before the Copenhagen City Court starts on Tuesday.
If found guilty, he faces up to three years in prison.


Updated : 2021-05-07 19:09 GMT+08:00