Ever since their 18-year-old son stormed the pitch during a Malmö and Helsingborg match Tuesday because he was "pissed off" enough to attack goalkeeper Pär Hansson, a pair of Swedish parents have fielded quite a few threats. So, they wrote an open letter to the local paper. Their message?

"Don't let people take the law into their own hands. Instead, give him a fair sentence."

"Today is a very sad day for us as parents. We hope that some other parents can understand our hopeless situation. Parents whose children have also engaged in bad behaviour at football. We can only express our sympathies and apologise."

There is a side issue at play here, too, though. The Storming of the Pitch could result in a million-kroner lawsuit from the TV station that was airing the match.

Hooligan's parents' plea: 'don't hurt our son' [The Local] (H/T Tomuban)

Malmo game abandoned after Helsingborg keeper attacked [Reuters]