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Police Intervene as Croatian and Serbian Fans Clash

Police had to intervene to stop things kicking-off between Croatian and Serbian fans during a match at the U-18 European Basketball Championships currently being held in the eastern Croatian city of Vukovar.

There was a large police presence on Friday at the match between Serbia and Portugal, and they had to get involved to stop things from erupting as tensions rose between around 200 Serbian fans and just as many Croatian fans inside and outside the arena. The first signs that things were getting out of hand were at half-time, when three Croatian fans, dressed in Dinamo Zagreb football shirts come in front of the arena. At that moment nearly of all the 200 Serbian fans made a rush towards the exit before police stopped them in their tracks forming a barricade. Both sets of fans exchanged provocative chants at each other before police once again had to intervene at the end of the match at both fans left the arena, reported daily Vecernji list. Police will be on high alert for all future games involving Serbia in the tournament. Photos from yesterday’s police intervention here.

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