Red Star Belgrade game called off as fan is killed in violent clashes

Violence at Serbian football games is common and the Superleague

Red Star Belgrade's game with Borac Cacak has been called off after a fight between opposing teams' fans resulted in the death of a young man.

According to a the Guardian, a statement on the Superleague's website reads, “The Superleague’s director made the decision after consultations with the representatives of both clubs, the Football Association of Serbia and the Interior Ministry,

“In a tragic event that occurred on the night between Friday and Saturday, a Red Star fan lost his life.

“The club extends its sincere condolences to the fan’s family. The new date for the match will be announced in due course.”

Cacak hospital spokeswoman Biljana Kocovic said two fans were admitted with stab wounds at around 3.30am local time, adding that one had died.

“A young man born in 1995 succumbed to his wounds while the other is in intensive care but his life is not in danger,” Kocovic was quoted as saying by the B92 website.

Serbian football has been rife with violence in the past 20 years and several fans have been killed in fights either in or outside stadiums.

Dozens of fans clashed with riot police and each other when league leaders Red Star played champions and bitter city foes Partizan at home last Saturday.