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Slovak and Hungarian premiers differ over recent football violence

Hungary is still demanding an explanation from Slovakia over events that took place at a football stadium in the majority Hungarian-speaking town of Dunajská Streda, in southern Slovakia, on Saturday, despite a meeting between Prime Ministers Ferenc Gyurcsány and Robert Fico in Warsaw on November 5.

Hungary is still demanding an explanation from Slovakia over events that took place at a football stadium in the majority Hungarian-speaking town of Dunajská Streda, in southern Slovakia, on Saturday, despite a meeting between Prime Ministers Ferenc Gyurcsány and Robert Fico in Warsaw on November 5.

Warsaw was hosting the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries as well as the prime ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, the SITA newswire wrote.

Slovak police took action against fans at a match between the local Dunajská Streda team DAC and Slovan Bratislava. Gyurcsány, the Hungarian prime minister, stated that if the state uses force it must prove that it was necessary and reasonable, in order to prevent allegations that the intervention is not aimed just at pseudo-fans. "We should not solve political disputes with the help of police batons," he said.

He stressed that in Hungary there was bad feeling about what had happened, and therefore asked the Slovak leader to examine whether the police actions were justified.

During the Slovak premier league soccer match on Saturday November 1, fans attacked the police with stones and the match had to be interrupted due to violence after 16 minutes. About fifty people were injured during clashes between the police and Slovak and Hungarian fans, sparking protests in front of the Slovak Embassy in Budapest. Before and during the match, the police detained 35 people. Fifteen were Slovan Bratislava fans, three were DAC supporters and 17 were Hungarian citizens. SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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