A fight broke out in Zagreb’s Dubrava area late Tuesday night. About 200 football fans clashed, and according to the first information, they beat each other with batons, threw stones, and lit flares, reports Index.hr.
A fight broke out on Dankovečka Street at around 9:30 pm, in which about 200 fans took part.
Police officers were present from the beginning and prevented a possible major conflict, and according to the information gathered so far, no one was seriously injured.
The circumstances of the incident and police action are being determined.
According to media reports and witness statements, the fans had batons and took chairs from the cafe terraces. A small group clashed in one of the nearby parking lots, and flares and stones were thrown at each other.
Zagreb a day before the Dinamo – Legia match. pic.twitter.com/LEnf5aPqx0
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Citing sources from the fan milieu, the media write that it is allegedly a planned provocation of the Polish club who came to Zagreb by bus, partly from the Adriatic coast where they were on vacation, partly from abroad, to cause riots before tonight’s Champions League qualifier between Dinamo and Legia.
The fighting quickly became news in the Serbian media, added Index.hr. Recall, tonight’s match between these two clubs is the first of two that will take one of the teams to the Champions League playoffs, in which they could face Belgrade’s Red Star.
Bad Blue Boys (Dinamo Zagreb) looking for Legia Warsaw fans.pic.twitter.com/cmMBN58Yb1
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The Telegraph states that there is a “state of war” in Zagreb and that a fight between fans “literally set the whole neighborhood on fire,” and Kurir, under the headline “Gori Zagreb,” states that “several hundred hooligans broke up one neighborhood.”
B92.net also wrote about the riots, stating that it is stormy in Zagreb, and went on to describe the clash of fans in which batons and flares were used.
Police said no one was seriously injured, though witness accounts from the evening seem to disagree. The police made arrests last night.
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