Fans clash with police at the Belgrade derby

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SHOWS: BELGRADE, SERBIA (APRIL 25, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL) 1. VARIOUS OF RED STAR BELGRADE FANS CLASHING WITH POLICE WITH FANS THROWING SEATS AT THEM AND SETTING OFF FLARES 2. VARIOUS OF RED

Fans clash with police at the Belgrade derby

SHOWS:

BELGRADE, SERBIA (APRIL 25, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. VARIOUS OF RED STAR BELGRADE FANS CLASHING WITH POLICE WITH FANS THROWING SEATS AT THEM AND SETTING OFF FLARES

2. VARIOUS OF RED STAR BELGRADE FANS SETTING OFF LARGE RED FLARES AND WAVING FLAGS

3. (NIGHT SHOTS) VARIOUS OF PARTIZAN BELGRADE FANS SETTING OFF FLARES AND THROWING THEM TOWARDS THE PITCH

4. (NIGHT SHOT) RIOT POLICE STANDING IN A LINE

5. (NIGHT SHOT) SMOKE FILLING THE AIR AS PLAYERS STAND ON PITCH

STORY: Serbian league leaders Partizan Belgrade held champions and bitter city foes Red Star to a 0-0 draw in a derby match marred by bad crowd trouble before kickoff on Saturday (April 25).

The start was delayed for 45 minutes after home Red Star supporters pelted riot police with seats and flares, forcing officers to retreat from the north tier that houses the club’s diehard fans.

When reinforcements arrived the police went back on to the terraces and pushed the supporters back.

One area of the north tier was emptied and when the match, which has a long history of crowd violence, finally got underway it produced a tepid first half with Darko Lazovic going close for Red Star and Stefan Babovic missing a good chance for Partizan.

Most of the fireworks were confined to the terraces where both sets of fans lit dozens of flares and hurled several stun grenades on to the athletics track, keeping fire officers busy as they dashed around with buckets of water.

Play was again held up for several minutes midway through the second half for billowing smoke to clear after visiting supporters set off fireworks on a warm evening in central Belgrade.

The result left Partizan, chasing their seventh league title in eight seasons, five points clear of second-placed Red Star with six matches remaining.

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