Romanian fan detained after hitting player

AP, Monday 31 Oct 2011

Hooliganism reaches Romanian stadiums

Legia Warsaw
File photo: Legia Warsaw fans cheer for their team during the Europa League Group C soccer match against Rapid Bucharest in Bucharest October 20, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

A football fan in Romania has been detained after running onto the pitch and hitting a player in the head, sparking other violent incidents that led to the abandonment of a Romanian league match.

The Petrolul Ploiesti-Steaua Bucharest game was halted Sunday night after the violence.

Prosecutors said Monday that the fan, Dragos Petrut Enache, was being held for 24 hours after punching Steaua Bucharest defender George Galamaz on the side of the head, knocking him to the ground.

The player remained hospitalized Monday with a possible ruptured eardrum.

Enache was charged with disturbing public order. A court will decide whether he should be arrested and held for 29 days pending trial.

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