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Play suspended after firecracker injury

Russian Premier League match is suspended by referee after Dynamo Moscow's goalkeeper is injured by a firecracker.
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2012 16:06
Anton Shunin (2ndL) of Dynamo Moscow is attended to after firecracker explodes in his face [GETTY]

A Russian Premier League match between Dynamo Moscow and champions Zenit St Petersburg was abandoned on Saturday after fans threw firecrackers onto the pitch, injuring Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin.

Late in the first half with Dynamo leading 1-0, the referee stopped the match after one of the missiles, thrown by the Zenit supporters, landed near Shunin, injuring his eye.

The 25-year-old Russia international was taken to a local hospital, suffering burns to his cornea.

"Something had landed near my feet. I looked down and at that moment the petard blew up into my face. Right now I have some problems with my vision and hearing"

Dynamo keeper Anton Shunin

"Anton has a poor vision in one of his eyes," Dynamo doctor Alexander Rezepov said on the club's Twitter feed.

Shunin said: "Something had landed near my feet. I looked down and at that moment the petard blew up into my face. Right now I have some problems with my vision and hearing."

It was far from ideal preparation for Russian champions Zenit, who host Spanish side Malaga in the Champions League Group C match on Wednesday.

Zenit, who trailed league leaders CSKA Moscow by three points before Saturday's matches, could be handed a 3-0 defeat as well as a hefty fine from the Russian FA.

Dynamo were in 10th place, 18 points off the pace midway through the season.

Local media reported that some 30 Zenit fans had attacked Dynamo supporters before the match in the Moscow suburb Khimki. It was the latest in a series of violent incidents in Russian soccer.

Last month, a group of Dynamo fans in camouflage shot at players using paintball rifles at the club's training ground.

The fans had been angry with some of Dynamo's foreign players, warning them to boost their performances or pay the consequences.

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