Photo Daily this week moves from Serbia to Croatia, the words for the descriptions below courtesy of a man who was a lot happier than me when Croatia beat England last month.
This is a memorial outside Dinamo Zagreb’s stadium which reads: “To all Dinamo
Zagreb fans for whom the war began on 13/5 1990 at Maksimir stadium and who ended giving their lives at the altar of their home nation Croatia. BBB Zagreb 13/5/1994”
The 13th May 1990 is referring to the day when Red Star Belgrade visited Zagreb and chaos erupted on the stands, ending with a pitch invasion where Zvonimir Boban famously kung-fu kicked a police officer who was beating a Dinamo Zagreb supporter. Belgrade fans had broken down the fence on the southern stands then started to fight with home supporters. The police stood back and simply watched it, which was not well taken by the hardcore Dinamo fans on the opposite end (outside which the memorial is standing) who in turn broke down their fence and took to the field.
It is claimed that this day played a decisive part in the war for independence erupting, a war in which many at the front lines were recruited from the Bad Blue Boys.
Each year the BBB president visits “the shrine of the Croatian knights” to honour those who wore the BBB badge on their uniform.
Here’s a news report with video of that day in May 1990: