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Referee injured as car torched by hooligans wielding baseball bats after match

Several fans of Bosnia & Herzegovina’s top-flight side Velez Mostar allegedly set fire to the referee’s car following their clash with Borac Banja Luka.

They are one of Bosnia’s most successful sides and were a regular in the Yugoslavian First Division.

They haven’t won a championship since Bosnia gained independence. Borac, however, won their second title.

Tensions rose on the pitch during the heated clash on Tuesday night, with hooligans allegedly lighting the car of the referee.

According to Bosnian outlet Klix, Sabrija Topalovic, and his two assistants, were attacked in the Lendava tunnel following the full-time whistle.



Velez Mostar hooligans 'torched' the ref's car after the full-time whistle
Velez Mostar hooligans ‘torched’ the ref’s car after the full-time whistle

Tensions had already been high in the stadium, and the game had to be stopped in the 82nd minute after Velez’s fans stormed the pitch.

Borac just increased their lead to 1-0, and Velez fans were annoyed by the decision and decided to enter the pitch.

Fans were furious that Velez was not awarded a spot kick after Dino Coric was deemed as having dispossessed Slavisa Radic fairly while the game was still in balance.

According to SportSport, the referees were led from the field by security as Velez fans chanted ‘thieves’ at them.



All three of the referee's had been travelling in the same car back to Sarajevo
All three of the referee’s had been travelling in the same car back to Sarajevo

And police have confirmed that an attack took place following the game.

“On Tuesday evening, at around 11:45 pm, a Mercedes vehicle with Admir Sehovic (1982), Sabrija Topalovic (1983) and Adnan Alispahic (1971) was intercepted in the Lendava tunnel,” The MUP HNK told Klix.

“The attackers broke the windows with batons, and they threw a torch into the car.

“Adnan Alispahic suffered minor bodily injury and was taken to the Jablanica Health Centre for medical attention.

“The attackers fled in a Golf vehicle.”



Fans had stormed the pitch in the 82nd minute
Fans had stormed the pitch in the 82nd minute

Velez famously knocked Derby County out of the 1974/75 UEFA Cup third round.

Bosnians overcame a 3-1 deficit to win 5-4 on aggregate, before falling to Twente in narrow quarter-finals.

Referee injured as car torched by hooligans wielding baseball bats after match
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