And today, we are happy that headphones and ear plugs exist.
At 19:00 tonight, Hajduk will face Levski in Sofia, Bulgaria for the second-leg of the second qualifying round of Europa League. In the first-leg which was played in Dugopolje a week ago, Hajduk celebrated a 1:0 win. The team that will advance to the third qualifying round will be determined tonight, reports Gol.hr on July 20, 2017.
Hajduk arrived in Sofia late Tuesday evening and was quickly reintroduced to the ruthlessness of Levski supporters. During Hajduk’s training yesterday, Levski fans welcomed the Croatian club with provocative chants and attempted to provoke domestic fans. The “fans” eventually turned out to be visitors from Croatia. It may be that Levski supporters are a bit on edge as Levski will play tonight’s match without fans. The club was sanctioned by UEFA regarding an incident with Levski supporters last summer.
Levski supporters, however, are a force to be reckoned with, and last night around 4 am, determined fans attacked the hotel headquarters of Hajduk with fireworks and flares. The fan group shared a video of the pyrotechnic performance this morning with the message “Good morning Hajduk, did you sleep well?”
This type of behavior is nothing too out of the ordinary, and fans of Hajduk are known to have created similar disturbances to sleeping footballers on the eve of important matches. From experience, it usually takes about ten minutes before the police disperse the fans. We are fairly certain that this move will only continue to motivate Hajduk who, fortunately, will not experience this kind of fan pressure at the stadium tonight.
The unrelenting Levski hooligans are also said to have roamed the streets of Sofia in search of Hajduk supporters who, as expected, would not be in attendance tonight because of the club’s penalty to play before an empty stadium. It should also be noted that Torcida has been more concerned with fighting the fires in Dalmatia than with fan activities over the last few days. Bravo, Torcida.
A week ago, Levski hooligans clashed with supporters of Hajduk in Zadar where there was a large group of Bulgarian fans. One clash resulted in the burning of a car, and for the sake of public order and peace, 20 Bulgarians were arrested by Croatian police.
The Bulgarian club is currently under surveillance by UEFA as they are known to be sanctioned for matches behind closed doors due to racist chanting. Allegedly, a UEFA delegate will also be attending an organized viewing of the match near the stadium where Levski could be punished for a similar sin if something happens outside the stadium. Sounds a bit crazy, right?
Translation from Gol.hr