Approximately 50 people had to be treated after fan riots and a police crackdown against hooligans in Dunajská Streda (Trnava region) before and during a premier league match between the home-side DAC Dunajská Streda and Slovan Bratislava on November 1.
"The police decided to intervene as the fans (of the home side - ed. note) were throwing stones at the officers and were attacking them,” Trnava Region Police Corps spokesman Martina Kredatusová told the TASR newswire.
About 1,000 police officers were deployed to the match, which was interrupted due to the situation.
Dunajská Streda Mayor Peter Pázmány was upset about the police crackdown.
"It was unnecessary,” he said. “During the match, rumours were circulating that there had been a casualty, so I requested the organisers to announce that it wasn't true. Then the fans went home quietly. Otherwise nothing happened during the match, apart from the fact that we lost (DAC lost to Slovan 0-4 - ed. note).”
Slovak authorities denied access to the country for Hungarian rock group Romantikus Eroszak ('Romantic Violence'), which was set to perform along with 'Hungarica' at a concert of Hungarian nationalists in Veľké Dvorníky on November 1.
Deputy Prime Minister Dušan Čaplovič, who attended the match, praised police for maintaining order at the stadium and blamed the Hungarian fans for the riots.
They came to Slovakia to "do damage to Slovak-Hungarian relations," he said.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Nov 2008 at 20:30