Stockholm - A man in his twenties was arrested in the
southern Swedish town of Helsingborg on Tuesday in connection with the weekend
death of a football fan from head injuries, police said.
The 28-year-old suspect presented himself to a police
station late Monday, police spokesman Kenneth Andersson told AFP.
A 43-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, causing the match to be
The arrested man "takes certain responsibility for what
has happened", prosecutor Eleonora Johansson told a press conference on
He was known by the police and had been "mentioned in
the investigation since Sunday", she added.
The initial probe has focused on suspected manslaughter, but
this could change depending on the results of the investigation, the prosecutor
The Swedish government recently proposed to bar known
hooligans from football stadiums for up to three years and 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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