Djurgardens fan dies as supporters clash in Helsingborg

Referee Martin Hansson abandoned the game when supporters invaded the pitch after one man died in clashes between both sets of fans earlier in the day.

A supporter of Swedish side Djurgardens has been killed before the Stockholm club’s match with Helsingborg, with the match later being abandoned.

The name of the supporter has not been released. Fans of both sides clashed in the center of Helsingborg before Sunday’s game and the supporter was taken to hospital with serious head injuries before the police confirmed that the 43-year-old had lost his life.

A police spokesperson told website Fotbollskanalen: "I can confirm that a person has died at Helsingborg Hospital. He was brought there after an incident at Karntrappan in central Helsingborg."

The game was later abandoned as fans of the visiting side invaded the Olympia Stadium pitch and began singing "murderers, murderers" to Helsingborg fans. 

Referee Martin Hansson was forced to take the players off the pitch just before halftime for security reasons with the score at 1-1, and the match was not restarted as a stand off took place between fans and police.

"It is a black day," Helsingborg sporting director Jesper Jansson said after. "It is extremely tragic for this guy's family, for football and for the whole community really."