Friday, 23 February 2018

Europa League: Police officer dies in clashes before Athletic Bilbao v Spartak Moscow

A police officer has died in Spain after violent clashes erupted between rival fans before Athletic Bilbao's home Europa League match against Spartak Moscow at San Mames.

The officer from the Ertzaintza - the Basque Country's police force - suffered a heart attack.
More than 500 officers were deployed for the tie and reports say at least five arrests were made.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has condemned Thursday's violence.

The police officer, who was named locally as 51-year-old Inocencio Alonso Garcia, collapsed while intervening in street clashes involving Russian "ultras" from Spartak Moscow.

Footage of the clashes showed supporters aiming fireworks at each other on the streets.

Several people had arrived "prepared for the altercations" carrying weapons including extendable batons and knives, the police said.

Spartak Moscow supporters arrive at the football stadium in Bilbao, Spain, for their team's match against Athletic Bilbao, 22 February 2018

BBC       News.