Crowd trouble ends Milan derby

The second leg of the Champions League quarterfinal between AC Milan and Inter Milan was abandoned when Inter fans behind the goal threw scores of flares on to the pitch, one of them striking AC Milan goalkeeper Nelson Dida.

German referee Markus Merk stopped the game with Milan leading 1-0 on the night and 3-0 on aggregate.

The players waited near the centre circle for the trouble to cease, but as flares continued to tumble down from the stands, Merk led the teams and officials back down the tunnel.

After a 20-minute suspension, Uefa took the decision to play the remaining 17 minutes, but within seconds of the restart more flares were thrown on to the pitch and Merk blew the final whistle.

Milan will almost certainly be awarded the match, while Inter are likely to receive a hefty fine and a suspension from European matches.—Sapa-AFP