Sport Spartak Moscow fans fires FLARE at referee during Champions League clash

10:25  14 september  2017
10:25  14 september  2017 Source:   MSN

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SPARTAK MOSCOW fans fired a flare at the referee during their Champions League game with NK Maribor. By Bruce Archer. Tottenham v Borrusia Dortmund: Champions League talking points ahead of Wembley clash .

Spartak Moscow face stern punishment from UEFA after the referee was almost hit by a flare fired by fans during last night's Champions League clash with Maribor.

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Spartak Moscow are set to be in trouble with UEFA after a fan fired a FLARE at the REFEREE during tonight's Champions League clash with Maribor.

The Group E fixture in Slovenia was marred by crowd trouble as fans of both sides clashed before the match in skirmishes involving police outside the stadium.

Once the action got underway in the Ljudksi vrt, a section of the travelling support lit flares and smoke bombs before a flare was fired onto the pitch, narrowly missing referee Deniz Aytekin.

  Spartak Moscow fans fires FLARE at referee during Champions League clash © guardian

The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with the home side grabbing a late equaliser through Damjan Bojar to level up Aleksandr Samedov's opener for the Russian side.

Liverpool, who drew 2-2 with Sevilla at Anfield, travel to Moscow to face last season's Russian champions in the next round of fixtures.

Spartak fans unveiled banners last season aimed at the BBC after a documentary was aired on Russian hooligans planning to cause trouble at next year's World Cup.

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