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CIVIL WAR Partizan fans fight each other in brutal Belgrade derby that leaves 17 injured

Thursday 14/December/2017 - 02:37 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Mohamed Emad
The iconic and fiercely passionate Belgrade derby between rivals Partizan and Red Star erupted into scenes of bloody violence on Wednesday night، with police having to escort wounded fans down the touchline، according to Daily Mail.

The Serbian fixture has always been an infamously fiery affair، with tempers often flaring both on the pitch and in the stands.

As the game played out، it was soon discovered that a number of the visiting Red Star fans had got their hands on tickets to sit in the home end، according to reports.

Upon the Partizan supporters learning opposition fans were sitting among them، violent and unsavory scenes quickly broke out.

Much of the action was captured on camera by many of the pitch-side photographers، who were able to document the scenes which saw large handfuls of supporters left covered in blood.

Witness reports also suggest the away supporters sat in the home end had their clothes torn from their backs، with police intervention immediately required.

Images showed police escorting a group of supporters away from the conflict down the touchline of the pitch. 

A vast majority of the fans were topless and covered in blood.

Meanwhile back on the field of play the action roared on، with the Partizan Stadium soon becoming a hostile cauldron of noise and colour.

Flares were let off in various corners of the ground، causing the air to cloud with smoke and hike up the atmosphere of the clash.

The hosts had taken the lead on the hour mark courtesy of a penalty tucked away by Guinean international midfielder Seydouba Soumah.

Red Star battled on however and found an equaliser in the dying moments of the tie.

Former Juventus man Richmond Boakye popped up with six minutes of regulation time remaining to strike and earn a draw for his side.

The result sees Red Star maintain a nine-point advantage at the top of the Superliga table over their neighbours، with just eight games of the season left to play.



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