Partizan and Red Star fined for crowd violence

BELGRADE - Serbian first division leaders Red Star Belgrade and city rivals Partizan have been punished for crowd trouble in their match last Saturday, football officials said on Friday.

Partizan have been ordered to play two home games behind closed doors and fined 200,000 dinars ($3,143) while Red Star were fined 600,000 dinars.

"Partizan will start serving their two-match crowd ban starting with the home fixture with OFK Belgrade on Saturday," first division deputy commissioner Dragce Dimitrijevic said.

Eight people were injured and 34 arrested after Partizan fans ripped and burned hundreds of seats in Red Star's Marakana stadium, forcing riot police and firemen to move in.

Champions Partizan, who are chasing their third successive league title, won the game 2-1 to close the gap on Red Star to one point with two games left before the December-February winter break.