Damages doubled for Danish fan’s attack on referee

AP, Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

An appeals court has ordered a Danish fan to pay the country’s soccer federation nearly $320,000 in damages for trying to attack the referee during a European Championship qualifier between Denmark and Sweden in 2007.

Ronni Noervig had appealed a lower court ruling imposing damages of $155,000, saying he couldn’t afford to pay them. But instead of lowering the amount, the Eastern High Court more than doubled it after the Danish federation raised its claims.

Noervig stormed the field in Copenhagen on June 2, 2007, and tried to punch the referee after he awarded a penalty to Sweden. A Danish player stopped him. The match was abandoned, and Sweden was awarded a 3-0 win.

Noervig has said he was drunk and called the incident a “moment of idiocy.”     

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