Ref abandons Roma game
By Richard Jolly
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Anders Frisk called off Roma's game against Dynamo Kiev after being struck by a coin.
After being struck by a coin thrown by a supporter, referee Anders Frisk abandoned the UEFA Champions League game at the Stadio Olimpico with Dynamo Kiev leading Roma 1-0.
The Swedish official was struck as he left the pitch at half time after sending off Roma defender Philippe Mexes.
A bloodied Frisk initially delayed the second half before abandoning the game as the fourth official was not experienced enough to take over.
However, it has not yet been confirmed if Dynamo, leading through Goran Gavrancic's excellent free kick, will be awarded the points their excellent performance merited.
Kiev's excellence on the counter-attack was evident from the start. Maris Verpakovskis should have scored from a cross from the inventive Brazilian, Kleber, but put his header wide.
The Brazilians in exile in the Ukraine continued to threaten, Diogo Rincon volleyed over and Kleber's shot nestled in the side-netting of the Roma goal.
Gavrancic's aim was better, an excellent free kick beating Ivan Pelizzoli after a needless foul from the increasingly frustrated Francesco Totti. The Roma captain subsequently missed his side's clearest opportunity, blazing well wide.
Only Pelizzoli prevented Kiev from extending their lead, with a point-blank block from Rincon and a save at full stretch from Jakob Leko.
Roma's response to Kiev's dominance was reprehensible. Totti's petulance was infectious and summer signing Mexes was red-carded for a sly kick at Verpakovskis. As referee Frisk disappeared down the tunnel for half time, he was hit by a coin and shepherded to the dressing room by his assistants.
It was to prove the final action of the night. After misconduct on and off the pitch, Roma may feel the repercussions for some time to come.