Found November 04, 2013 on
Belgrade, Serbia’s, “Eternal Derby” is always among soccer’s most heated games. Fans of both teams, Red Star and Partizan Belgrade, did their best to reinforce that image Saturday. The Superliga (Serbian first division) game between the fierce city rivals was halted for 10 minutes early in the second half after Partizan fans lit several bonfires in Red Star’s Marakana stadium. Smoke billowed through the 40,000-seat stadium, threatening the safety of players and fans alike, and it took two fire trucks (along with scores of riot police) to put out the blazes. Crowd trouble usually mars the Eternal Derby, and the latest edition followed the script. Police arrested dozens of hooligans for fighting on the outskirts of Belgrade — miles away from the stadium — in the hours before kickoff. Red Star fans lit flares and set off fireworks inside the stadium before the start of the game. Partizan fans were standing on concrete steps because Red Star officials removed the plastic seats (where th...
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