May 22, 2011 / 5:10 PM / 8 years ago

Austrian derby abandoned after pitch invasion

Supporters of Rapid storm the pitch to provoke an abort during their Austrian league soccer match against Austria Wien in Vienna May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Robert Zolles

VIENNA (Reuters) - Rapid Vienna’s derby at home to Austria Vienna was called off in the first half on Sunday when dozens of home fans invaded the pitch.

The two teams ran to their changing-rooms as the supporters swarmed onto the field shortly after the visitors had taken a 2-0 lead.

Referee Thomas Einwaller abandoned the match after a half-hour wait, Rapid’s website said (www.skrapid.at).

“It was a difficult decision as both teams and ourselves, the officials, wanted to continue,” Einwaller told reporters.

“But the authorities said they were unable to guarantee the security in the stadium.

“I’m very sorry for Austrian football.”

The Austrian league will rule on the outcome.

Reporting by Brian Homewood in Berne; editing by Justin Palmer; To comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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