SUMMARY REPORT ON THE 9th 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 9th Round of the Croatian Telecom First CFL, and based on direct insight and collected data recorded the following events.
NK INTER-GNK DINAMO 1 : 3
The match of the 9th Round of the Croatian Telecom First League between NK Inter Zaprešić and GNK Dinamo was played on Sept. 16, 2017 at 19:00 hrs at the Stadium in Zaprešić. There were about 860 spectators at the game, of which close to 200 were members of GNK Dinamo (Bad Blue Boys – BBB).
In the 47th minute, the BBB repeatedly chant “Mamić, Gypsy, leave the holy shrine”.
In the 67th minute, the BBB displayed a banner with the crossed-out head of Zdravko Mamić. From the 76th to the 78th minute, the BBB chant “We drank wormwood, we smoked weed, we like Mamić best without his head.”
In the 82nd and 83rd minute, the BBB light three flares.
NK SLAVEN BELUPO – NK OSIJEK 1 : 1
The match of the 9th Round of the Croatian Telecom First League was played on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 17:00 hrs at the City Stadium in Koprivnica. The match took place before a small number of spectators, about 600, of which a group of 70-80 members of the Kohorta (NK Osijek fan club) stood out with their loud cheering.
The cheering was fair and in a sporting spirit, with no fan outbursts.
HNK HAJDUK – HNK RIJEKA 0:2
The match of the 9th Round of the Croatian Telecom First League between HNK Hajduk and HNK Rijeka was played on Sept. 17, 2017 at Poljud Stadium in Split at 17:00 hrs before about 18,000 spectators, of which 5000 were members of Torcida (HNK Hajduk), and about 70 of the Armada (HNK Rijeka). The remaining Armada fans, about 100 of them, were detained by the police (MUP – Ministry of the Interior) due to a physical confrontation between Torcida and Armada members at the highway turnoff in Dugopolje by Split. At least another 100 members of the Armada were detained by the police at the exit from Split, and they were not admitted into the city.
Upon exiting the highway, a brutal physical confrontation took place between members of the fan clubs, which involved the use of stones, fists and “other fan club gear”. According to MUP police data, 108 people were detained (mainly members of the Armada), while 96 people were charged with misdemeanours. Only after the police have processed their investigation will we be able to know who initiated the conflict. Split’s Slobodna Dalmacija (print and online newspaper) who support Hajduk claim that the incident was provoked by Armada fans, while Rijeka’s Novi List (print and online newspaper) who support HNK Rijeka, claim that the conflict was instigated by members of Torcida.
During the game there were numerous verbal outbreaks and so in the 15th minute Torcida chanted “Kill, kill the Serbs”, and in the 30th minute Torcida fans sang “Rotten Rijeka, you stinking city, I’ll kill half your Armada, rotten Rijeka, you’re full of Serbs, don’t worry Rijeka, there’s more willows for hanging”, to paraphrase the well-known chant from the period of fascism – “Serbs on willows”.
Torcida also set up their own pyromaniac party in the 60th minute by lighting 24 flares, of which three were thrown onto the tartan track. They also lit 5 smoke bombs.
Armada members chanted “Tovar pussies” in the 86th minute.
Torcida members also used laser lights and aimed them at the Rijeka fans.
Unfortunately, Hajduk’s Management again on this occasion prevented CHC observers for performing their job. In a civilised world we go by the principle whereby NGO representatives who monitor sports events share the same treatment as other delegates (representatives of various sports associations).
After last Sunday’s incident when Hajduk’s Management prevented CHC observers from entering, in accordance with customary practice in relations with other clubs, we sent an email on Sept. 15, 2017 in which we seek tickets in places suitable for our observers. Also, insofar as the same cannot be afforded to us, that we be informed on time. The Management was specifically informed that CHC President, Ivan Zvonimir Čičak has a 100% disability status, and that he and his escort are entitled to special treatment (as I cannot climb high up the stands).
Hajduk’s Management responded via email that the tickets were confirmed in accordance with our request, and sent us a copy of the document. Upon arriving to the stadium booth, we were told that there were no tickets at all. After numerous “discussions and consultations”, we were given two tickets for the western stands, which given the high risk level, we were forced to relinquish and so the observers left the stadium.
For the CHC:
Ivan Zvonimir Čičak