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In Malmö

Davis Cup Disturbances

Published måndag 9 mars 2009 kl 11.38
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Disturbances in Malmö during the match
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Israel's Harel Levi after win against Vinciguerra

About 6000 demonstrators flooded into Malmö, in the south of Sweden, over the weekend to protest against the match. After a peaceful start to Saturday’s protest, about a hundred masked demonstrators began throwing bottles, cobblestones, and fireworks at the Police, according to news agency TT. Several were taken into custody.

The police have started to analyze footage from the disturbances and say that they are able to identify a large number of protesters. The cost of the police efforts are estimated at between 1.5 and 2.2 million US dollars.

It was bad news for Sweden on the court as well as Andreas Vinciguerra lost the final and deciding match against Israel’s Harel Levy on Sunday. It  soon became clear that Sweden will have to rely on a win in a qualifying game this autumn to stay in the elite division.

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