Violence Erupts in the UEFA Cup

Following on the heels of recent trouble in the Intertoto Cup, last night saw serious trouble at a UEFA Cup first qualifying round match between Bosnia’s Zrinjski Mostar and Serbia’s Partizan Belgrade (see video below).

Play was held up for ten minutes early in the first half in Mostar after rival fans clashed with riot police and security stewards while pelting each other with flares and rocks. Italian referee Andrea De Marco allowed the match to resume after police quelled the violence…Television images showed very few police and security officials in place for what was declared a high-risk match, only the second meeting between clubs from Bosnia and Serbia since the former Yugoslavia’s bloody break-up.

The last sentence is the killer. When we post videos of crowd trouble in faraway places of which we know little, it’s very hard to understand the context of the trouble. How is it possible there were “very few police and security officials in place” for a clash between Bosnian and Serbian teams? What were the authorities thinking?

[Spotted on Who Ate All The Pies]

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