Euro 2008 qualifier abandoned for fan attack
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Sweden was awarded a victory over Denmark in a European Championship qualifier Saturday after a Danish fan tried to attack the referee for awarding a late penalty kick.
Denmark had rallied from a three-goal deficit to tie the score 3-3 when referee Herbert Fandel sent off Denmark defender Christian Poulsen in the 89th minute for punching striker Markus Rosenberg in the stomach. The spectator tried to punch the referee, but was intercepted by Danish defender Michael Gravgaard.
Fandel and his linesmen walked off the field, and Danish soccer federation spokesman Lars Behrendt soon announced Sweden was awarded a 3-0 victory.
"It is a sad ending," Denmark striker Jon Dahl Tomasson told Danish TV. "I can understand that the referee called off the game. This is going to cost us."
Sweden had led 3-0 inside 26 minutes in the Group F game after two goals by Johan Elmander and another from Peter Hansson.
But goals from Daniel Agger (34th), Tomasson (62nd) and substitute Leon Andreasen (77th) had set up Denmark's unlikely comeback.
Sweden leads the group with 15 points from six games, two more than idle Northern Ireland. Denmark is fourth with seven points from five games.