FIFA opens case for firecracker thrown at Lewandowski

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA has opened a case against the Romanian soccer federation after a firecracker was thrown at Poland striker Robert Lewandowski during a World Cup qualifying match.

The firework exploded close to Lewandowski’s feet as Poland prepared to defend a second-half corner during a 3-0 win in Bucharest on Nov. 11.

The match was stopped for several minutes, and the Bayern Munich forward returned after treatment to score two late goals.

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FIFA says it opened disciplinary proceedings without giving details of the incident at the National Stadium.

Fans from both teams clashed in the Romanian capital around the Group E match, and police used tear gas.

The return match is in Warsaw on June 10. Poland leads the six-team group and Romania is fourth.