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Watch: Anti-Gay Serbs Riot at Football Match, 17 Detained

Far-right nationalist groups who were behind the violence during Belgrade's recent gay pride march rioted at a football match on Tuesday:

Bogdanov "An Italy-Serbia European championship qualifier game was abandoned Tuesday in Italy when Serbia fans threw flares and fireworks onto the pitch, burned a flag and broke barriers. The Serbian fan groups are known to be infiltrated by neo-Nazis and other extremists with a staunch anti-Western agenda. The rise of the extremism in Serbia is attributed to the economic crisis and a lack of jobs in the wake of the Balkan wars in the 1990s."

Some outlets reported that the riots were spurred by police protection of last weekend's gay pride march, at which more than 100 were injured, including many police officers.

The AP adds: "Police found the alleged instigator of the riot in the trunk of a bus that was due to take the Serbian fans home from the European Championships qualifier. While his face was covered by a mask during the violence, police identified him by his tattooed arms and found explosives material with him. Of the 17 people detained, 16 are Serbian fans and one is Italian, Genoa police official Sebastiano Salvo told The Associated Press. Salvo identified the ringleader as 30-year-old Ivan Bogdanov, who climbed onto a barrier separating fans from the field, used a wire cutter to slice apart a mesh fence and launched fireworks onto the field." 

Watch video of the riots, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I just don't understand. At all.

    They really should just close the whole thing off and have only televised matches without any crowd.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Oct 13, 2010 3:02:04 PM

  2. I know! They're white homophobes?! It just doesn't make any sense. Are we sure this isn't happening in Africa or some Muslim nation?

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Oct 13, 2010 3:09:25 PM

  3. So long, EU accession.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 13, 2010 3:15:24 PM

  4. Sugarhill,

    LOL! Thanks for pointing out the obvious racism that we see on gay sites. Whenever there's homophobia in non-white countries, people go nuts with bigoted generalizations.

    Posted by: Alex | Oct 13, 2010 3:46:50 PM

  5. @Sugarrhill: As your own comment illustrates beautifully, ignorance knows no borders.

    Posted by: TomSkylark | Oct 13, 2010 4:09:49 PM

  6. lol sugarhill u beat me to it

    Posted by: | Oct 13, 2010 4:12:40 PM

  7. Serbia is a country with severe problems with bigotry. From the fact that 10,000 bigots protested a gay pride parade of 1,000 people. To the statistic which shows that 70% of Serbians believe that gay people are diseased. To the news that a football match had to be abandoned because Serbian 'supporters' were endangering people's lives. To that fact that Serbia as a country still has not accepted their share of responsibility for the wars of the 1990's.

    Time to press the pause button on Serbia's plans to join the EU.

    Serbia needs to sort itself out.

    Posted by: SteveC | Oct 13, 2010 5:17:26 PM

  8. Horrible news story. But, gawd, he's hot.

    Posted by: Snottyboy | Oct 13, 2010 5:37:02 PM

  9. @SteveC: Your remarks about Serbia are typical of Western arrogance and blindness. Did it ever occur to you that reactionary politics and defensive masculinity are inevitable in a small country that got pummeled by outside powers?

    Of course Serbia should sort itself out. I wish China and Russia could compel NATO (which looks like Hate-O in Cyrillic, btw) to pay all Serbdom reparations, apologize profusely, and then kindly butt out.

    Posted by: Zeljko | Oct 13, 2010 6:52:13 PM

  10. And, of course, it wouldn't be a story about white homophobia without the obligatory lecherous fan boy ogling of the perpetrator. You know, because white men are "hot" when they fly into a murderous rage.

    Posted by: John | Oct 13, 2010 7:17:22 PM

  11. A lot of silly comments here. We should focus concern on the gay people that are stuck living in Serbia, not scoring cheap political points. I have not been to Serbia, but I have visited Croatia. If that deeply Catholic, conservative country can break out of the dark ages in terms of how it treats gays, so can Serbia.

    Posted by: James | Oct 13, 2010 9:00:51 PM

  12. @JAMES I wouldn't bet on it. Serbia is a country with issues--LOTS of issues. The whole damned country needs to be on Prozac. There's an enclave of Serbs up in the Bronx. Whew! You don't wanna know.....

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 14, 2010 1:04:12 PM

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