UEFA awards Sweden 3-0 win over Denmark

Updated: 10 June 2007 16:55 IST

UEFA awarded Sweden a 3-0 victory over Denmark on Friday after last week's European Championship qualifier was abandoned.

UEFA awards Sweden 3-0 win over Denmark

Geneva:

UEFA awarded Sweden a 3-0 victory over Denmark on Friday after last week's European Championship qualifier was abandoned because a Danish soccer fan attacked the referee.

Denmark midfielder Christian Poulsen was also banned for three competitive internationals, after punching Sweden striker Markus Rosenberg in the stomach during the same match on Saturday.

In addition, UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body fined the Danish Football Association $81,000 and ordered it to play their next four home Euro 2008 qualifiers at least 250 kilometers from Copenhagen. Its match against Liechtenstein on Sept. 12 must also be played at an empty stadium, UEFA said.

German referee Herbert Fandel abandoned the qualifier in the closing stages of the contest with the scores level at 3-3 after a Danish fan stormed the field and threw a punch at him in the final moments of the Group F match. The attack came moments after Fandel had given a red card to Poulsen and awarded a penalty to Sweden.

The decision puts Sweden in a clear lead in Group F with 18 points, three ahead of Spain. Denmark is in fourth place, eight points behind.

Jim Stjerne Hansen, secretary general of the Danish soccer federation, said the decision would be appealed.

"We're shocked by the scope of these rulings," Stjerne Hansen said, describing the decision as "the harshest sanction I have ever seen."

He said there are no UEFA-approved stadiums in Denmark that are located more than 250 kilometers away from the capital.

"It seems that they didn't look at the geography when they made their decision," Stjerne Hansen said. "Denmark is a small country."

The Parken stadium in Copenhagen is expected to lose approximately $3.2 million in income for all four games.



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