Flare lands near referee in Champions League game

Spartak supporters light a flare during the Champions League soccer match between Maribor and Spartak Moskva at the Ljudski vrt stadium, in Maribor, Slovenia, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

A flare fired from the stands came close to hitting a Champions League referee on Wednesday as Slovenia's Maribor played Spartak Moscow

MARIBOR, Slovenia — A flare fired from the stands came close to hitting a Champions League referee on Wednesday as Slovenia's Maribor played Spartak Moscow.

The nautical-style flare was fired from a sector packed with Spartak fans after around 15 minutes and arced over the pitch before landing near referee Denis Aytekin.

The official briefly stopped the Group E game, but it resumed shortly after.

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