MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Euro 2016 Group G qualifier between Russia and Montenegro in Podgorica was cancelled after fans launched one more flare attack on the players.
27 March 2015, 20:44 GMT
On the first minute of the game which started Friday evening, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was hit by a flare and brought to a hospital with serious injuries. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told R-Sport news agency that Akinfeev had received a brain concussion and suffered a burn of neck.
Following the incident, the match was suspended for 40 minutes, while the referee warned that the game would be cancelled in case of a similar attack.
Under the UEFA regulations, Montenegro team can be handed a forfeit defeat for not meeting safety requirements during the game.