Post subject: Juventus Fan Knifed in Seville Pub
22. Nov 2016, 19:16
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|Last night was one of madness and blood, and tonight there is a Champions League match that was already considered “high risk” but now is even more so, with possible reprisals after the match. The day of Sevilla-Juventus is fraught with tension, after last night’s clashes at the Pabellon pub, when five cars containing around fifteen Andalusian hooligans from the Biris Norte group stopped outside with the clear intention of attacking a group of around a dozen Juve fans, shouting “Hooligans Sevilla”.
Fan seriously injured
The latest reports talk of three people in hospital: an Italian, a Belgian and a Spaniard, the latter found by a passer-by in a side street. They all bore injuries caused by knives or broken glass, received in the savage fight that broke out both inside and outside the pub. One of the three, who according to various sources is the Belgian in the Virgen del Rocìo hospital in Seville, is in a more serious condition, with multiple injuries to the chest and legs. He underwent surgery during the night, but his condition is not life-threatening. The Spanish police have not yet arrested any of the attackers, and arrived at the scene of the brawl at the same time as the ambulances, after the hooligans had fled.
Tensions running high
Seville is currently hosting between 1,700 and 2,000 Juventus fans for this evening’s match at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium, with the top slot in Champions League Group H at stake, and plans were already in place to deploy 800 police officers and Sevilla private security staff. Their concerns focus on local hooligans from the Biris group, who are known for being left-wing extremists and Andalusian separatists. The latest incident involving them was on 1 November, on the occasion of the match with Dinamo Zagreb, when they were attacked in the city on the eve of the game by a group of 50-60 Croatian hooligans (of whom three were arrested). The attack on the Juve fans may possibly be an attempt to re-establish their reputation after the humiliation of this previous episode.
A year ago Sevilla fans were also involved in an attack on a couple of Valencia fans. The fact that one of them was a pregnant woman was not enough to stop them. At the festival of San Firmin this year in Pamplona, meanwhile, Sevilla’s hooligans gang raped an 18-year-old girl. The attack had nothing to do with football, but the assailants were identified thanks to tattoos and symbols associating them with the Biris group.
Sevilla FC has firmly distanced itself from “its” hooligans, and has strongly condemned their behaviour. The club has offered to help the Spanish authorities in any way it can to identify those responsible for the attack.