Former Canary caught in middle of riot

PUBLISHED: 13:29 31 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:36 14 September 2010

Former Norwich City star Mattias Jonson has revealed he was not frightened despite hooliganism forcing the premature end of a Swedish league game on Monday.

Former Norwich City star Mattias Jonson has revealed he was not frightened despite hooliganism forcing the premature end of a Swedish league game on Monday.

The Swedish FA is expected to take strong disciplinary action after crowd violence forced the abandonment of the Stockholm derby between Hammarby, and Jonson's club, Djurgarden, who were leading 3-0 at the time.

Several Hammarby fans were arrested after invading the pitch 17 minutes into the second half of the game. The match was halted and eventually called off after a 35 minutes delay.

The game was also briefly halted in the first half when a linesman was hit on the head by an object, believed to have been thrown by Djurgarden fans.

But Jonson, 32, who had one season with City during their Premiership adventure the season before last, said the players were not frightened by the pitch invasion.

“I think the fans mostly tried to attack the policemen and people around the stadium,” he said. “As a player I wasn't so frightened.

“But it's bad this kind of thing has happened. The stadium is like playing at Norwich. It's a really nice stadium with fans and crowd sitting quite close to the pitch.”

Jonson, who has recently announced his retirement from international football, said he had never seen violence in Sweden like it. “I've never heard of it before,” he said. “There were problems a couple of years ago, but not like this.”

The striker, who keeps track of the Canaries' fortunes via the Internet, said the Swedish FA will decide on punishment for the sides this weekend. “We don't know what will happen,” he said. “Hopefully, we'll get the three points.”

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