German referee Herbert Fandel has praised the swift reposnse of Denmark’s players for preventing an angry fan getting to him on Saturday.

Fandel awarded a late penalty to Sweden after Christian Poulsen had punched Markus Rosenberg. However, before the spot-kick was taken, Fandel abandoned the game after a fan attempted to attack him.

Fandel says he had no choice but to call the game off, as officials have to show such behavious will not be tolerated.

“I was surprised and shocked,” Fandel told Ritzau.

“I realised I had to stop the match. We have to show that violence from spectators and players are not acceptable.

“A spectator ran onto the pitch and was running towards me to attack me, but fortunately the Danish players protected me.”