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Home fans invaded the pitch at the Stadion Petrovskij, leading the referee to call off Zenit's game with Dinamo Moscow.

Zenit's game with Dinamo Moscow had to be abandoned in the closing stages as home fans invaded the pitch at the Stadion Petrovskij.

Andre Villas-Boas' men came into the clash knowing victory would guarantee them first place entering the final round of Russian Premier League fixtures.

However, with their side 4-2 down and seemingly on course to lose their grip on first place, home fans charged into the area behind the away goal in the 87th minute of the match.

As stewards struggled to contain the on-rushing crowd, referee Sergey Ivanov ordered both teams off the field.

Tempers flared among the players as they left the pitch, and a section of the Zenit support made its way onto the playing surface. One fan appeared to direct a punch at Dinamo's Vladimir Granat, and Zenit was quick to condemn the incident.

"Zenit expresses extreme regret for what happened at today's match," said the club's press officer. "The fans' actions are absolutely unacceptable. We apologize to all the players, coaches and fans for what happened.

"We are very sorry for what happened to Vladimir Granat, and repeat that such fan behavior is completely unnacceptable. The police and the club are currently investigating what happened, and we wish justice to be served."

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