The Belgrade derby between Red Star and Partizan is always a tense, tribal affair but things got really out of hand during the home side’s one-goal win.
The match had to be stopped for ten minutes as the referee was confronted with billowing smoke and a Dantesque scene in one of the stands as bonfires raged amid chanting fans.
Seats had been removed in the Partizan supporters area as a precaution, but after throwing flares onto the pitch in the second half the hooligans seemed to have ample flammable material at their disposal.
Firefighters were called to put out the blazes, but that did little to calm the crowd. Partizan fans also had to swallow losing by a bizarre own goal to cut the champion’s lead at the top of the Serbian championship.
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