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article imageLinesman hit by flare thrown at Villa Park soccer match

By Kev Hedges     Oct 21, 2013 in Sports
Birmingham - A line official was hit by a lit flare thrown from the crowd during the English Premiership match between Aston Villa and Tottenham on Sunday.
The flare was thrown moments after Tottenham had taken the lead at Villa Park in the West Midlands. David Bryan was running the line when a flare was hoisted from the away supporters' end and landed on the official's head. Bryan was unhurt and managed to complete the game, which Tottenham won 2-0. Police arrested two men, aged 25 and 47 in relation to the incident, as reported in BBC Sport.
As smoke poured from the flare the game was held up for around one minute before play was eventually restarted. Tottenham's manager Andre Villas-Boas said:
It is not great to see. It should be avoided completely. It touched the linesman and situations like this don't have a place in football. I sincerely hope it doesn't happen again.
According to the Telegraph, the Football Association has decided to open an investigation into the incident.
The flare was thrown from the Doug Ellis Stand where Tottenham supporters were seated. However, it is not clear if the two men arrested were Spurs fans. Meanwhile Spurs' defender Michael Dawson said the linesman was "laughing and joking" about the incident afterwards.
In the Mail, it was revealed that fans can buy flares online for as little as 50p (90c) and arrests for possession are up by as much as 150 per cent.
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