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Flare explodes in hand of stadium worker at European soccer championships

Flares were thrown on the field during Friday’s soccer game between the Czech Republic and Croatia in France.
Flares were thrown on the field during Friday’s soccer game between the Czech Republic and Croatia in France. The Associated Press

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to hear and/or see stories about inappropriate fan behavior* at soccer games.

*Sometimes known as hooliganism

Unfortunately, that was the case again on Friday.

Croatia was playing the Czech Republic at the European Championships in Saint-Étienne, France, when some fans from Croatia thought it would be a good idea to throw flares onto the field during the game. Play was stopped and as stadium workers tried to clear flares, one burst in the hand of one man.

Fortunately the man was wearing a glove, but there was no word on if he was injured.

The question is how did fans smuggle flares into the stadium? UEFA stadium rules clearly prohibit flares or fireworks from being brought into a stadium.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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