Swiss club Grasshoppers to exclude hooligan fans

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Associated Press

Posted on December 12, 2011 at 2:07 PM

ZURICH (AP) — Swiss club Grasshoppers has pledged to shut a section of its home stadium for one game after another incident in a season marred by hooligans.

Fans lit flares during an away match at Lausanne-Sport on Sunday, then ignored a request to stop from club president Roland Leutwiler broadcast over the stadium loudspeakers.

Leutwiler responded Monday by promising to fulfill his threat to close a popular section of the team's Letzigrund stadium for a future match.

Leutwiler was quoted by broadcaster Radio 24 saying: "We should speak to the fans in a language they understand."

In October, fighting between Grasshoppers and FC Zurich fans forced a city derby match to be abandoned. Grasshoppers was awarded a 3-0 victory.

Grasshoppers is ninth in the 10-team Swiss League.

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