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Dead rats thrown at players in Copenhagen derby

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Monday's Danish Superliga derby between Brøndby and FC Copenhagen had to be interrupted after fans threw dead rats from the stands onto the pitch.

With the home side Brøndby trailing 1-0 with just five minutes remaining, supporters started launching dead rats at Copenhagen player Ludwig Augustinsson as he prepared to take a corner kick.

Play was stopped after at least three dead rats were thrown, with Copenhagen players attempting to kick the rats off the pitch before stewards arrived to pick up the rodents.

In the end, the Cophenagen players had the last laugh, as they held on for a 1-0 away victory, extending their lead over Brøndby by 12 points at the top of the table.

Brøndby later released a statement about the incident, with the club's sporting director Troels Bech condemning the fans' behaviour.

We are obviously annoyed that we had to leave the field without points, but it is equally unfortunate that there are some visitors for today's match who could not figure out how to behave properly.

We will now look all the video material and pictures... (and) will engage in dialogue with groups of supporters in the hope that together we can identify the right person and make sure he/she gets removed from the stadium.

We have Denmark's most atmospheric football stadium and... by far the best fans, and a single individual should not ruin it for the greater community.

Capital rivals Brøndby and Copenhagen have a history of hatred with the two sides situated just over seven miles apart.

While football has a long and chequered past when it comes to the hurling of projectiles.

In 2002, Luís Figo had a pigs head thrown at him by Barcelona fans after they branded him a traitor for his defection to arch rivals Real Madrid.

In 2010, FC Basel fans staged a protest against a change to the kick-off time for their top-of-the-table clash against FC Luzern by throwing thousands of tennis balls on to the field.

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