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Swedish Football Fan Killed At Helsingborg V Djurgarden (VIDEO)

31/03/2014 14:26 BST | Updated 31/03/2014 14:59 BST

A candlelight vigil was in Helsingborg on Sunday after a Djugarden fan died prior to a Swedish League fixture as fans clashed in the city centre in southern Sweden.

Djurgarden's opening match of the new Allsvenska season was abandoned on Sunday after it was confirmed the fan had died of injuries sustained on the way to the game at Helsingborg.

The fan was taken to a hospital in a critical state following a reported brawl outside Helsingborg's Olympia ground.

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Swedish police try to handle Djurgarden supporters

The game subsequently kicked off, only to be called off shortly before half-time once news of the death was confirmed.

A statement on club website www.dif.se read: "A Djurgarden supporter who was on the way to today's game at Olympia was beaten so severely that he later died.

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Police detain supporters after the football match

"The injured supporter was taken to hospital by ambulance but his life could not be saved.

"Shortly after 1600, Skane Police confirmed that the man had not survived."

The former Sweden striker Henrik Larsson called on fans to take responsibility for combating hooliganism following the death. "What the hell are we doing? I mean, we're supposed to be going to football," an emotional Larsson told TV station CMore after his Falkenberg side fell to a 3-0 defeat some 60 kilometres away from Helsingborg in Malmo.

"Now there is a mother and a father sitting at home, crying their eyes out. It's awful. We need to get rid of it from Swedish football," he added.