Dozens injured after clash between Croatian football fans and police

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Fighting broke out on Saturday night as police escorted some 1,600 Hajduk Split ‘Torcida’ fans returning home to the central coastal city of Split after a game against rivals Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian capital.

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Zagreb, Croatia: A clash between police and hundreds of football fans in central Croatia left 35 injured, most of them officers, officials said on Sunday.

Fighting broke out on Saturday night as police escorted some 1,600 Hajduk Split “Torcida” fans returning home to the central coastal city of Split after a game against rivals Dinamo Zagreb in the Croatian capital.

The clash happened after the convoy suddenly stopped, blocked traffic on the Zagreb-Split highway and several hundred supporters attacked officers, police official Damir told reporters. baric.

At least two die-hard Hajduk Split fans were injured by officers’ firearms, but the injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

“The attack was carried out rather aggressively, with bottles, rocks, chains, tables, fire extinguishers…torches,” Baric said.

As fans refused to obey police orders, officers fired several shots into the air and into the road warning them to stop, he said.

According to Zagreb police chief Marko Rasic, the police believe that the two supporters were injured by ricochet.

A total of 20 officers have been injured and police have arrested 43 fans so far.

Hajduk Split fans who traveled to Zagreb for the match ended up not attending as they were not allowed to bring banners and other paraphernalia.

Authorities closed the section of the road where the clash took place to traffic overnight and on Sunday morning.

Dinamo Zagreb had already won the domestic league title before winning Saturday’s game, the last in the domestic championship this season, 3-1.

Hajduk Split was the finalist.

Croatia is known for the success of its national team but also for its hooligans who are among the most notorious in Europe.

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