sport news UCL round-up: Spartak fans almost hit referee with flare

By Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

Published: 22:54 BST, 13 September 2017 | Updated: 23:07 BST, 13 September 2017

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Spartak Moscow face being punished by UEFA after one of their supporters launched a firecracker which flew into the centre circle and almost hit the referee during their 1-1 draw against Maribor. 

The match — in Liverpool’s Group E — was briefly suspended after the flare was fired around 50 yards from the away end into the crowded centre of the pitch.

It landed metres away from referee Deniz Aytekin near the halfway line but fortunately neither he nor any of the players were hit.

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Spartak Moscow supporters let off flares in the away end during their 1-1 draw with Maribor

Spartak Moscow supporters let off flares in the away end during their 1-1 draw with Maribor

One was fired from the stands onto the pitch during Wednesday's Champions League clash

One was fired from the stands onto the pitch during Wednesday's Champions League clash

The flare flew all the way to the centre circle, narrowly avoiding German referee Deniz Ayteki

The flare flew all the way to the centre circle, narrowly avoiding German referee Deniz Aytekin

Fans had earlier clashed with each other and police before the

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