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Man held after football fan dies in Sweden
Publish Date: Apr 01, 2014
Man held after football fan dies in Sweden
People gather against soccer violence around a makeshift memorial with flowers, candles and club scarfes at the spot in central Helsingborg, southern Sweden, on March 31, 2014, where a Djurgarden IF supporter got assaulted and died of his head injuries. CREDIT/AFP (Source: TT News Agency)
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STOCKHOLM - A man in his twenties was arrested in the southern Swedish town of Helsingborg on Tuesday in connection with the death of a football fan from head injuries over the weekend, a police source said.

The 28-year-old suspect presented himself to a police station late Monday, police spokesman Kenneth Andersson told AFP, confirming a press report.

A 44-year-old fan was taken to hospital with severe head injuries received during fighting in Helsingborg town centre, 30 minutes before a league match between Stockholm team Djurgaarden and Helsingborg on Sunday.

He died in hospital soon after the game started.

During the match Djurgaarden supporters began chanting "murderer, murderer" and invaded the pitch, forcing the referee to cancel the match.

The Swedish government recently introduced plans to bar known hooligans from football stadiums for up to three years with proposals to ban the use of face masks often worn by extremist supporter gangs.

It was the second death in Sweden in football hooligan-related violence -- a supporter died during fighting in Stockholm city centre in 2002 during a game between Gothenburg and Stockholm team AIK.


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