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FK Partizan fan arrested for use of flare at Ħamrun Spartans match

An FK Partizan fan was arrested by police on Thursday night for being found in possession of a flair during the UEFA Conference League second leg tie against Ħamrun Spartans at the National Stadium.

FK Partizan were followed by hundreds of Serbian fans at the National Stadium for their match against the Spartans which ended in a thrilling 3-3 draw and the Belgrade side progressed to the group stages of the UEFA club competition 7-4 on aggregate.

In a statement, the Police said that the 34-year-old Serbian fan was arrested on Thursday night after he lit up a flare and threw on the pitch.

“A Serbian national of 34 years was arrested by the police last night after he introduced illegal material at the National Stadium,” the statement said.

“During the football match, the police on duty noted a fan lighting up a flare and afterwards throwing it on the pitch. From the investigations done immediately afterwards, and through CCTV footage, the fan was identified.

“Once the police approached the fan he tried to escape but was caught by the officials despite resisting the arrest.

“He was taken to the Birkirkara Police Station and afterwards to the Police lock-up at the General Headquarters in Floriana, where he is now expected to be arraigned in court in the coming days.”

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