Pear attack ends match
A Swedish league match between Djurgardens IF and Mjallby AIF was abandoned on Monday after a Mjallby player was hit by a pear. Angry fans at Djurgardens’ stadium in Stockholm threw bottles, coins, fruit and other objects onto the pitch as Mjallby’s players celebrated a goal in the 37th minute. Television footage showed Mjallby defender Gbenga Arokoyo falling to the ground after an object hit him in the stomach. Swedish broadcaster SVT said it was a pear. Arokoyo said after the game he was in pain, but not seriously injured. The referee and his assistants decided to abandon the game after a meeting with police and representatives from both clubs. It was not immediately clear when and if the match would be resumed.
Two stabbed as fans clash
Two people were stabbed after rival groups of fans clashed in Rome ahead of the Serie A derby between AS Roma and SS Lazio, police said on Monday. Television pictures showed police in riot gear scuffling with a group of supporters, who threw rocks and bottles near Rome’s Stadio Olimpico. Rome Mayor Gianni Alemanno said that businesses in the area around the stadium had been forced to close during the clashes. Last year, 10 supporters of English club Tottenham Hotspur were injured in a knife attack by masked assailants in Rome ahead of a Europa League match with Lazio.
Fillol cited for spitting
Stade Francais scrumhalf Jerome Fillol was cited on Monday for spitting at Bath counterpart Peter Stringer during Saturday’s Challenge Cup quarter-final, the European Rugby Cup (ERC) said. The 35-year-old has been cited for an “action that goes against the spirit of sport,” the ERC said, adding that he could face a suspension of between four and 52 weeks. Television images from the match at Bath’s Recreation Ground showed Fillol spitting in the former Ireland scrumhalf’s face. On Sunday, Stringer, also 35, wrote on Twitter: “Disgusted at what happened yesterday in the game. No place for it in rugby or any walk of life.” Stade’s prop Rabah Slimani was also cited for a dangerous tackle that earned him a yellow card.
Love to go under the knife
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love will undergo surgery on his left knee later this week, ending an injury-plagued season for the fifth-year NBA standout, the team said on Monday. Love, who played in only 18 games, will have an arthroscopic procedure to remove scar tissue that has collected in his knee. Recovery time from the surgery is usually four to six weeks. The Timberwolves, at 29-47, are out of NBA playoff contention. Love, 24, has missed Minnesota’s past 47 games following surgery on a broken right hand he suffered on Jan. 3. Love had sustained a fracture to the same hand during a pre-season workout that caused him to miss Minnesota’s first nine games.
Emelin out for the season
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament. The 26-year-old Russian was hurt as he tried to check Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins on Saturday. He has three goals and nine assists in 38 games in his second NHL season. Last season, he had three goals and four assists in 67 games. The Canadiens also announced the recall of Nathan Beaulieu to replace Emelin.