A heavy clash broke out at the Belgrade derby on Saturday as crowd trouble marred Red Star’s 2-1 win over fierce rivals Partizan in Serbia. The match was suspended for five minutes as supporters clashed during the second-half of the title clash.
Incredible footage shows fans charging towards each other before ripping up chairs and throwing them as riot police closed in.
The players were forced to watch from the pitch as the situation was brought under control, with flares also flying about.
But that wasn’t the only flashpoint in the match as Red Star closed in on the Serbian title, currently held by Partizan.
Two players were sent off in added time after a fight broke out on the field when Partizan were awarded a last-gasp penalty.
Yet it barely raised an eyebrow after the shocking scenes of violence amongst those in attendance, with parents and young children seen fleeing from the angry mob.
The match is famous for its outbreaks of violence, and the coaches of both teams were quick to condemn the trouble.
Red Star’s Vladan Milojevic said: “It was a very unpleasant situation and it’s a pity that the crowd trouble took away some of the derby joy for the players because this is not what we want to see.”
Partizan’s Mirosalv Djukic added: “Regrettably, the Belgrade derby has once again sent an ugly picture to the audience at home and abroad.”