Handball coach runs on court to stop opponent

Nov 3, 2009 - 5:16 PM VIENNA (AP) -- This is the city that gave the world Sigmund Freud. But did he ever explore mayhem on a handball court?

The coach of an Austrian women's handball team has resigned after going onto the court to prevent a score during a game last week.

Gunnar Prokop, the coach of Hypo Niederoesterreich, says he "will go through this with a psychiatrist. ... I still can't understand why I've done this."

Prokop went onto the court four seconds before the end of Thursday's Champions League match. He intentionally collided with an opposing player to stop a counterattack and deny Metz a chance to score. The match ended in a 27-27 draw.

Handball's European governing body opened disciplinary proceedings against Prokop. A ruling is expected before his team's match against Krim Ljubljana on Sunday.






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