Match in Russia called off after goalkeeper hit by flare

Anton Shunin
Dinamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin, pictured training with the Russia squad at Euro 2012. Photo: PA

Video: Dinamo Moscow goalkeeper Anton Shunin is hit by a flare thrown from the Zenit St Petersburg home end

The Russian Premier League match between Dinamo Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg was called off on Saturday after home goalkeeper Anton Shunin was hit by a flare thrown from the home end.

Dinamo led the match 1-0 after 39 minutes when Shunin went down holding his face after being hit by a pyrotechnic missile.

After a lengthy delay for treatment to the Dinamo player referee Aleksey Nikolaev opted to abandon the game.

Shunin was later taken to hospital after he reported problems with his vision and hearing.

Zenit, whose supporters have been involved in several controversial incidents in recent years, could now face serious sanctions.

Last weekend Zenit fans set fire to the away end at FK Volga's Lokmotiv Stadium, damaging dozens of seats and requiring the intervention of police and firefighters.

In November 2011 the Russian champions were warned by UEFA about their fans' conduct after a Champions League group match against APOEL at Zenit's Petrovsky Stadium was held up for several minutes when supporters let off flares and smoke bombs.