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BA in fear: the city was invaded by army units

October 12 2005

This is due to the upcoming match against Slovakia, Russia and the mass fight fans, which occurred the day before.

City Centre patrolled by 200 police officers than usual. The entire area adjacent to the stadium, cordoned off. Local residents encouraged to remove vehicles parked there. The city police deployed from other parts of Slovakia as well as army units.

The previous evening, a day before the match Russia-Slovakia, in Bratislava there was a mass brawl involving fans of both teams. In the course were put knives, stones, broken beer bottles. As a result, eight people were in hospital. A few dozen were in the police.

According to "Pravda.Ru", a group of local fans had long been preparing for the arrival of guests from Russia. In the course of the fight shouting political slogans on the assessment of events in 1968 in Czechoslovakia.

Insults quickly escalated into carnage. As a result, two Russian men - Dmitry Melnikov, born 1982 and Ivan Kuznetsov, born in 1986, were hospitalized with stab wounds. Their lives, like the lives of six hospitalized Slovaks are in no danger.

As a result, 37 Russians and a similar number of Slovaks were in police custody. After the "warm" talks a big part of the detained Russians will be deported to their homeland, and they will close at 5 years of entry into the European Union.
On the measures to be applied to particularly distinguished Slovak fans, is not reported.

Match Slovakia - Russia will begin at 22:30 Moscow time.

See also the photo essay Slovakia-Russia: a prelude to the battle

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