BELGRADE - Serbian police arrested 95 fans and pressed charges against 25 of them following violence at the Belgrade derby between bitter rivals Partizan and Red Star, the Serbian Interior ministry said on Thursday. "The hooligans who face legal action have been charged with assault on police officers, violent behaviour, causing general danger as well as the possession and sale of narcotics," it said. Red Star Belgrade fans clashed with riot police before Wednesday's match and set fire to seats in the north tier of Partizan's stadium after the final whistle, forcing fire brigades to move in. The fixture has a history of crowd trouble dating back to times when Serbia was still a part of the former Yugoslavia. A Red Star supporter was killed in 1999 in the same tier by a burning flare launched from the Partizan end, while the game at Red Star's ground in October 2000 was abandoned after fans invaded the pitch, clashed and attacked players. Champions Partizan won 2-0 to edge closer to their 21st first division title after going 13 points clear with nine games left.
9 April 2009
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