Play-off defeat confirms relegation and prompts furious reaction from Helsingborg fans.


The son of Helsingborg coach, Henrik Larsson, was attacked on the pitch by fans after the club’s relegation was confirmed on Sunday.

Jordan Larsson was confronted by a group of Helsingborg supporters at the end of the 2-1 defeat to Halmstad and had his shirt removed.

The 19-year-old forward had scored to put his side ahead with eight minutes left against Halmstad, but two late goals from Marcus Mathisen condemned Helsingborg to relegation from the Allsvenskan after a 3-2 aggregate play-off defeat.

Fans came on to the pitch and tried to confront Celtic, Barcelona and Manchester United striker Larsson, who has been in charge at his home town club – with whom he had two spells as a player – since 2015.

A statement from director Mats-Ola Schulze on the club’s website read: “The events that took place after today’s game were unacceptable. Helsingborgs IF strongly reject this because it is contrary to our values . We will return with a statement about this when we have created a comprehensive picture.”

Manager Larsson told the Swedish press: “I understand their frustration. That’s why I went over there too. It was not the smartest thing for me to do.

“I did not see that they were attacking Jordan, but if I had I would have gone in there.

“I live and work here in town. I will look over my shoulder a little more and make sure not to walk alone in town.

“If they (hooligans) come, they come. We have many dogs at home.”