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Football match called off amid fan unrest

The Swiss Football League has announced an investigation into violence between rival fans which led to a local football derby in Zurich being halted on Sunday.

This content was published on October 3, 2011 - 08:25
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The game between top division Grasshoppers and FC Zurich was stopped 15 minutes before the end after unrest broke out in the terraces. A group apparently threw firecrackers and flares.

President Peter Gilliéron said those guilty would be identified and punished.

It is the first time in the history of professional Swiss football that a match was halted. But there has been repeated violence by football hooligans around sports stadiums over the past decade.

Experts say Sunday’s incident is likely to have a major impact on ongoing discussions about security in Swiss football stadiums.

Hosts Grasshoppers were leading 2-1 when the match was stopped. But both teams are struggling in the league.

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