Flare lands near referee in Champions League game

(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

MARIBOR, Slovenia (AP) 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.

Updated September 13, 2017