Romania fan hits player in head on field

Updated: November 1, 2011, 11:58 AM ET
Associated Press

PLOIESTI, Romania -- A soccer fan in Romania was charged Monday with running onto the field and breaking a player's cheekbone, an outburst that triggered more violence and forced the game to be called off.

The fan, Dragos Petrut Enache, was being held for 24 hours after hitting Steaua Bucharest defender George Galamaz on the side of the head and knocking him to the ground on Sunday night, prosecutors said Monday.

The player remained hospitalized with a broken right cheekbone and will be sidelined for 45 days, the club said.

Enache was charged with disturbing public order and committing violence. A court will decide whether he should be held for 29 days pending trial. Prosecutors said Enache used a hard object to hit Galamaz and had taken drugs before the attack.

The game between visiting Steaua Bucharest and Petrolul Ploiesti was halted after the violence.

After Galamaz was attacked, teammates knocked the fan to the ground and began beating him before he was whisked away by security staff. Two players received red cards for their conduct.

Steaua was leading 1-0 in the first half when the man attacked the defender after the referee awarded a penalty to the visiting team. The referee stopped play for about 10 minutes.

When play resumed, Steaua converted the penalty kick to go up 2-0. Petrolul Ploiesti fans began throwing flares onto the field, and the referee decided to abandon the game. Steaua Bucharest goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu was mildly injured by a flare.

It wasn't immediately announced whether the game would be replayed or if Steaua would be declared the winner. Petrolul Ploiesti was fined $3,200 Monday for the way it organized the match.


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