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Russia shamed by football hooliganism scandal

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The 2018 World Cup hosts Russia grappled on Thursday with a new football hooliganism scandal after fans forced the abandonment of a top-flight cup match by throwing fireworks and smoke bombs on the pitch. 

Russian football fans light flares during a fourth round Russia Cup match between Dinamo Moscow and Torpedo Moscow at the Eduard Streltsov Stadium in Moscow on September 26. The 2018 World Cup hosts Russia grappled with a new football hooliganism scandal after fans forced the abandonment of the top-flight cup match by throwing fireworks and smoke bombs on the pitch.

The referee called off the fourth round Russia Cup tie between Dinamo Moscow and their local rivals Torpedo in the 51st minute amid chaotic scenes with parts of the pitch blanketed in smoke and fireworks crackling on the turf.

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