4 Bulgarians Injured Prior to Dinamo Zagreb Clash
Four Bulgarian nationals have been seriously injured after ultras of Bulgarian CSKA football team mistook them for fans of Croatia's Dinamo Zagreb.
The accident occurred on Tuesday and the Bulgarians were taken to Sofia’s Pirogov hospital, with heavy injuries on their legs and hands.
The Bulgarian CSKA fans meant to go into a fight against the Croatian Dinamo fans but instead they ended up beating up heavily 4 Bulgarian students who resembled Croatians, tall and with blonde hair, Bulgarian newspaper “Standard daily” reported on Sunday.
Earlier in the week the Croatian Embassy confirmed the arrest of a large group of fans of Croatia's football team Dinamo Zagreb in downtown Sofia in the late afternoon Thursday.
The Croatian ultras are representatives of a group that is in bitter conflict with the management of the Croatian Football Club which barred them from attending its games because of serious disorderly conduct, vandalism and violence.
The total arrests were 45 – 22 were detained for football hooliganism, 21 for disobeying police orders and 2 for theft.
Meanwhile, another 40-50 fans were warned that they will not be allowed inside the stadium and they left back for Croatia.
A total of 70 Croatian fans of Dinamo Zagreb arrived in Sofia for the game. Local media report that none of the Croatian ultras managed to attend the game.
Dinamo Zagreb is known for his radical fans who often pose problems for police. They are part of the fraction Bad Blue Boys seen as some of the most dangerous ultras in Europe.
It was established in March 1986, their mascot is a bulldog, and their anthem is "I Love Dinamo!"
No vandalism or violence was reported after the match.
- » Two Policemen Arrested in Sofia for Brutal Beating
- » Bulgarian Sentenced to 11 Y Jail in Romania for Espionage
- » Syrian Attacker of Bulgarian Shopkeeper Charged
- » Bulgarians among Top Complainants with Strasbourg Court
- » Bulgarian Woman Assaulted in Thessaloniki, Claims Rape
- » New 'Refugee' Incident Reported in Bulgarian Capital