Hooligans were disturbing the peace in downtown Bratislava on the evening of July 10.
A video published by the ironic Facebook site Zomri captures a group of people who started a fight on Ventúrska Street.
"I can currently only confirm a breach of the peace by football fans on Ventúrska Street," Lucia Miháliková, spokesperson of the Bratislava regional police corps headquarters, told the Sme daily on July 10 evening.
Altogether 106 police officers arrived to the place to deal with the rowdies. They detained 107 people, 56 of whom – 41 Poles and 15 Dutchmen – were charged with disorderly conduct. The remaining 51 detained people were Bulgarians, the police informed on Facebook.
In addition, 17 people suffered light injuries during the fight.
The incident happened despite police monitoring risky matches
Bratislava hosted the first qualifying round of the Champions League between local Slovan Bratislava and Sutjeska Nikšić from Montenegro on July 10. The police had information that the supporters of completely different teams from Poland and the Netherlands would try to disrupt the march, the police informed.
Though the hooligans failed in their attempt, Poles and Bulgarians, whose teams play on July 11 in Ružomberok, met in downtown Bratislava later in the evening and started a fight, the police continued.
“The police officers operatively monitor the movement of football fans during the risky matches,” said Police Corps President Milan Lučanský. “Despite this, a random encounter of the two groups occurred yesterday, but the police intervened quickly and solved the problem professionally.”
Sme wrote that the fight involved the fans of football clubs Cracovia Krakow and Ajax Amsterdam. The Hooligans.cz website wrote that the fight was between the fans of Cracovia Krakow, joined by Ajax Amsterdam, and Levski Sofia.
10. Jul 2019 at 22:46 (modified at 11. Jul 2019 at 13:30) | Compiled by Spectator staff