Seven of the hooligans who were detained after a brawl in downtown Bratislava last week received a six-month unconditional prison sentence.
None of the men appealed against the verdict, meaning it is now effective. Three of them are Polish and four are Dutch. They can request to serve their prison sentence in minimum security prison facilities in their respective home countries and request a conditional release after serving three months of their sentence.
The Bratislava I District Court issued the ruling on Sunday, July 14. The men were found guilty of disorderly conduct.
Apart from the prison sentence, they will also be banned from entering Slovakia for three years.
Prison sentence to discourage others
Hooligans fight in Bratislava
106 deployed police officers
24 other officers escorted the detained
56 detained for disorderly conduct (41 Poles, 15 Dutch)
51 detained persons - Bulgarians
17 mildly injured
The court opted for an unconditional prison sentence "due to the gravity of the deed and general prevention for the future," said Pavol Adamčiak, the court spokesperson, as quoted by the Sme daily.
The process took the form of a so-called super-fast proceeding, Sme noted.
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 stated.
Although 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.
Early release mentioned
The noviny.sk website reported that the seven men will ask to be released from prison earlier, citing their attorney Marcel Boris.
“My clients asked me to request early release at liberty after fulfilling the legal conditions,” he told noviny.sk. “I will do it, of course.”
The attorney also said he received the request to allow the men to carry out their sentence in prisons in their home countries. He opined that administratively it will probably be very demanding and it is possible that they will not manage it during their prison term.
The seven men can be released after they have served half of their punishment, meaning three months.
Boris added that a Polish attorney is interested in the football fans of Cracovia Krakow, but there is no interest from the Dutch side, neither the consular offices.
15. Jul 2019 at 12:59 (modified at 16. Jul 2019 at 7:58) | Compiled by Spectator staff