Worst fan violence ‘since 2000’ after Danish cup final

Police officers were hit by thrown objects and 14 arrests were made after clashes with fans of FC Copenhagen and Brøndby Sunday.

Worst fan violence 'since 2000' after Danish cup final
Police and Brøndby fans clash after the match. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Scanpix

The Danish capital has not seen hooliganism on Sunday’s level since the 2000 UEFA Cup final between English club Arsenal and Turkish Galatasaray was held at Copenhagen’s Parken stadium, reports DR.

Episodes of violence and attacks on riot police marred post-match scenes, with fireworks also let off in streets near the stadium, deputy inspector Henrik Møller Jakobsen of Copenhagen Police told the broadcaster.

“We have ascertained that around 20 of our colleagues were hit by thrown objects, including stones, bottles and other things,” Jakobsen said.

Of the 14 arrests, four were made prior to the match.

“Troublemakers have the ability to make a high-risk match more than live up to its name. To start with, keeping them separated went fine, but stones were thrown at police both inside and outside of Parken… between 15 and 20 of my colleagues have been hit,” Jakobsen told TV2.

The unrest is reported to have occurred mainly after the match, which finished 3-1 to FC Copenhagen.

A video posted on Twitter by TV2 journalist and social media editor Kaare Sørensen showed police clashing with Brøndby fans inside the stadium after the match ended.

Some of the Brøndby fans tore out seats and threw them at police, according to the TV2 report.

Jyllands-Posten sports editor Troels Henriksen reported flares being thrown into the Brøndby section by FC Copenhagen fans.

“It is typical after a game like this for the crowd to divide into separate groups, and then a lot of incidents occur. Some have also fought internally,” Jakobsen told DR.

Fans were arrested and charged with disorder at locations around the city including the Rådhuspladsen main square, the Trianglen junction in the Østerbro neighbourhood near the stadium, and on the Lyngbyvej and Haraldsgade roads, according to reports.

Only seven fans were arrested throughout the entire DBU Pokal cup tournament last season, reports DR.

“Our assessment is that this is the most serious match for Copenhagen Police since we had Galatasaray and Arsenal, which was a European match,” Jakobsen said.

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Violence after the 2000 European final included fights between rival fans at Rådhuspladsen and chairs and tables from cafés being thrown.

Jakobsen told TV2 that police succeeded in keeping fans of the two clubs separated after Sunday's match.

Matches between Copenhagen rivals Brøndby and FC Copenhagen are known to be some of the most tense in Danish domestic football.

Flares lit during the DBU Cup final Sunday. Photo: Ida Marie Odgaard/Scanpix

“There’s not doubt that years of experience show that Brøndby and FCK don’t like each other. That’s why we usually have a heavy presence at these games… Maybe there was extra antagonism today because it was a cup final,” said Jakobsen. 


Putellas becomes second Spanish footballer in history to win Ballon d’Or

Alexia Putellas of Barcelona and Spain won the women's Ballon d'Or prize on Monday, becoming only the second Spanish-born footballer in history to be considered the best in the world, and claiming a win for Spain after a 61-year wait.

FC Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas poses after being awarded thewomen's Ballon d'Or award.
FC Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas poses after being awarded thewomen's Ballon d'Or award. Photo: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Putellas is the third winner of the prize, following in the footsteps of Ada Hegerberg, who won the inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or in 2018, and United States World Cup star Megan Rapinoe, winner in 2019.

Putellas captained Barcelona to victory in this year’s Champions League, scoring a penalty in the final as her side hammered Chelsea 4-0 in Gothenburg.

She also won a Spanish league and cup double with Barca, the club she joined as a teenager in 2012, and helped her country qualify for the upcoming Women’s Euro in England.

Her Barcelona and Spain teammate Jennifer Hermoso finished second in the voting, with Sam Kerr of Chelsea and Australia coming in third.

It completes an awards double for Putellas, who in August was named player of the year by European football’s governing body UEFA.

But it’s also a huge win for Spain as it’s the first time in 61 years that a Spanish footballer – male or female – is crowned the world’s best footballer of the year, and only the second time in history a Spaniard wins the Ballon d’Or. 

Former Spanish midfielder Luis Suárez (not the ex Liverpool and Barça player now at Atlético) was the only Spanish-born footballer to win the award in 1960 while at Inter Milan. Argentinian-born Alfredo Di Stefano, the Real Madrid star who took up Spanish citizenship, also won it in 1959.

Who is Alexia Putellas?

Alexia Putellas grew up dreaming of playing for Barcelona and after clinching the treble of league, cup and Champions League last season, her status as a women’s footballing icon was underlined as she claimed the Ballon d’Or on Monday.

Unlike the men’s side, Barca’s women swept the board last term with the 27-year-old, who wears “Alexia” on the back of her shirt, at the forefront, months before Lionel Messi’s emotional departure.

Attacker Putellas, who turns 28 in February, spent her childhood less than an hour’s car journey from the Camp Nou and she made her first trip to the ground from her hometown of Mollet del Valles, for the Barcelona derby on January 6, 2000.

Barcelona's Spanish midfielder Alexia Putellas (R) vies with VfL Wolfsburg's German defender Kathrin Hendrich
Putellas plays as a striker for Barça and Spain. GABRIEL BOUYS / POOL / AFP

Exactly 21 years later she became the first woman in the modern era to score in the stadium, against Espanyol. Her name was engraved in the club’s history from that day forward, but her story started much earlier.

She started playing the sport in school, against boys.

“My mum had enough of me coming home with bruises on my legs, so she signed me up at a club so that I stopped playing during break-time,” Putellas said last year.

So, with her parent’s insistence, she joined Sabadell before being signed by Barca’s academy.

“That’s where things got serious… But you couldn’t envisage, with all one’s power, to make a living from football,” she said.

After less than a year with “her” outfit, she moved across town to Espanyol and made her first-team debut in 2010 before losing to Barca in the final of the Copa de la Reina.

She then headed south for a season at Valencia-based club Levante before returning “home” in July 2012, signing for Barcelona just two months after her father’s death.

In her first term there she helped Barca win the league and cup double, winning the award for player of the match in the final of the latter competition.