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Finnish football fans fined for use of flares

Police fine two Finnish supporters, but visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina fans escape punishment

Tampereen Ratina Bosnia-Hertsegovinan pelissä
Tampere's Ratina stadium was sold out for the game against Bosnia Herzegovina on Saturday Image: Anu Leena Koskinen / Yle

Two supporters of the Finnish national football team have been fined for the use of flares at Finland's European Championship qualifying game against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Tampere on Saturday.

Police intervened when flares were set off as a procession of home fans made their way towards the city's Ratina stadium before the game kicked off.

Visiting supporters not fined

However, the Central Finland police have been asked on their official Twitter account why Finnish fans were fined, but supporters of the visiting team Bosnia-Herzegovina - who also used flares - were not.

According to police, hundreds of Bosnia and Herzegovina supporters left from in front of the Ilves hotel in Tampere city centre on Saturday afternoon, and lit a number of flares as they proceeded towards Ratina Stadium.

A win for Finland

However, the supporters responsible for lighting the flares were in the very middle of the procession and police were unable to reach them. They were also unable to identify the offenders, and therefore could not fine them afterwards.

Finland won the game against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday thanks to two goals from Finland's player of the year Teemu Pukki, and followed up this victory with another 2-0 win away to Liechtenstein yesterday evening. The huuhkajat, or 'Eagle Owls', are now second in their European Championship qualifying group with the next round of games due to be played in September.

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