Bulgarian Football Hooligan Jailed after Derby Mass Brawl
A court has sentenced to eight month in prison a football fan, who was arrested on Saturday after a mass brawl erupted at the end of the Botev Plovdiv's 1-0 home win over city rivals Lokomotiv in the Bulgarian league.
Police say Georgi Velichkov, 20, was seen setting plastic flags on fire, pelting officers with rocks and stones.
Velichkov has admitted to these crimes. The sentence of Plovdiv District Court is final and can not be appealed.
The arrested man has a criminal record connecting him with six other related incidents.
A mass brawl marred Botev Plovdiv's clash with Lokomotiv on Saturday as players, staff and fans exchanged kicks and punches and threw all kinds of objects on to the field.
Police said they detained four fans for hooliganism while television pictures showed a policeman being hit by a stone thrown from the stands.
Plovdiv District Court imposed earlier in the week a BGN 400 fine on a 31-year-old fan and ruled that the other two arrested, aged 19, remain behind bars for ten days.
The three men will also be prohibited to visit sports events in the course of one year.
Lokomotiv management has slammed in a statement “the unsporting behaviour“ of some of Loko players, vowing to punish them accordingly.
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