SUMMARY REPORT ON THE 3rd ROUND OF THE CROATIAN TELECOM FIRST CFL
Under the framework of the Direct Protection of Fan Violence project, CHC observers monitored the games of the 3rd Round of the Croatian Telecom First CFL, and based on direct insight and collected data recorded the following events.
HNK RIJEKA – NK ISTRA 1961 2 : 0
The 3rd Round of the Croatian Telecom First CFL was played between Rijeka and Pula football teams on Saturday at 21:00 hrs at Rujevica Stadium in Rijeka in front of about 5500 spectators. Among them was a group of roughly 1500 members of the Armada (Rijeka fan club) which were situated for the first time in the newly opened northern stands of the Rijeka Stadium. Only about 30 members of the Demons came from Pula (NK Istra 1961 fan club) who were habitually positioned in the “cage” intended for guest fans.
Right before the beginning of the game, as members of the Armada began filing in to Rujevica Stadium, they chanted “Croatian police, bribery and corruption”, obviously offended by what happened in the previous round when Rijeka fans clashed with the police. Most of the game passed in a fair and sporty atmosphere, while the Armada chanted “Istra pussies” on several occasions (8th, 22nd, 49th, 64th, 88th minute), and “Tovar servants” in the 22nd and 90th minute. Some of the calls from the referee “hit a nerve” with the Rijeka fans, and so we could hear “CFF faggots, you screwed up football” in the 48th minute, and in the 56th minute a large majority of the stadium chanted “Gypsies! Gypsies!”
NK CIBALIA – HNK HAJDUK 1 : 2
About 2300 spectators attended the match of the 3rd Round of the Croatian Telecom First CFL played on Sunday at 19:00 hrs in Vinkovci, with a large and prominent group of Torcida members (HNK Hajduk fan club), over 400 of them, versus only 70 or so home team Ultra members (NK Cibalia fan club). Stormy weather conditions cooled even the “hottest” fans, but we were still able to hear inappropriate verbal outbursts and chanting. And so Torcida again at this game insulted the legendary athlete Janica Kostelić by singing “Oh Jano, Oh little Jano, suck cock snow queen” (31st minute), immediately followed by “Fuck you Mamić”. In the 53rd minute, Torcida members chant “CFF faggots, you screwed up football” along with “For the Law on Sports”. A minute later we hear “Croatian police, bribery and corruption”, and in the 72nd and 73rd minutes Torcida lights a flammable substance that caused smoke to hover over the southern part of Cibalia’s stadium.
The home fans could not be heard from the more numerous and louder members of Torcida, save for on one occasion in the 65th minute when they chanted “CFF faggots, you screwed up football”.
GNK DINAMO – NK OSIJEK 1: 1
The match between NK Osijek and GNK Dinamo was played on 30.07.2017 at City Garden Stadium in Osijek before about 3500 spectators, of which there were about 1500 members of the Kohorta (NK Osijek).
During the game, members of the Kohorta (NK Osijek fan club) chanted on multiple occasions “Purger pussies, fuck Zagreb, fuck Dinamo”, and “Stomp on, stomp on Purgers”. They also chanted “Fuck Dinamo, fuck you Mamić”.
In the 70th minute, members of the Kohorta lit 10 flares on the stadium’s eastern stands, while in the 75th minute the Bad Blue Boys (GNK Dinamo fan club) lit 4 strobes (flammable devices), one flare, and one firecracker, which they threw onto the track and field track.
For the Croatian Helsinki Committee
Ivan Zvonimir Čičak