- Jul 2011
Police officer dies in Bilbao during street battle with Spartak ultrasA police officer has died during a street battle involving ultras from Spartak Moscow.
There was a fear that ultras arriving from Moscow for Thursday night's Europa League match between Athletic Club and Spartak might cause some trouble in Bilbao and this has proven to be the case.
A group of around 200 Russian fans arrived at the stadium in the hours before the match and glasses and flares were thrown in a scuffle between Spartak and Athletic supporters.
The Ertzaintza - the local Basque police force - were able to get in the middle of it, although they struggled to bring the disturbance to a halt and one officer suffered a cardiac arrest.
The officer was rushed to the Basurto Hospital, but sadly passed away.
At least five arrests have been made.
Police officer dies after clash between rival supporters ahead of Europa League meeting between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak MoscowA battle between rival fans in Bilbao prior to Thursday night's Europa League meeting between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow has led to the death of a police officer.
Supporters of the two clubs fought in the streets around the Basque club's San Mames stadium, in the hours building up to their second leg meeting.
Athletic had emerged victorious in the first leg in Russia last week, running out 3-1 winners in Moscow, but there had been a number of warnings in the lead up to the second leg of potential trouble involving Russian Ultras.
Rival hooligans fought in the streets in the hours leading up to kickoff.
Immediate reports from Spain declared five people were taken to the Basurto University hospital, before it was announced at 10pm local time that a member of the Ertzaintza - the Basque civilian police - had lost his life.
The Russians marching to the stadium
Police outside the stadium
One of the Russians confronts a policeman
More pics at linked article above.
Spartak hooligans are the worst of the worst, even in Russia, even other Russian hooligan clubs don't like them. Wherever those guys go, there is mayhem and violence...
They start fucking riots in the stadiums
And, a lot of them are neo Nazis and white supremacists too
In Moscow and other cities they often beat up non-white/Slavic people they encounter while marching to stadiums, and pogrom minority owned businesses...
I thought, after Marseille, Russian authorities weren't gonna let these savages outside the country anymore... Guess not. Again have to wonder how they will control these guys during the World Cup...