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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.

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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