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Bulgarian police arrest 14 over violence

Bulgarian police arrested 14 soccer fans on Tuesday in connection with crowd violence at two domestic league matches before the winter mid-season break

Reuters, Tuesday 10 Jan 2012

Detectives had spent recent weeks examining evidence, including pictures and video footage of the trouble, police said in a statement.

Twelve fans, including a 31-year-old woman, were arrested for violent disorder during CSKA Sofia’s 1-0 win over bitter city rivals Levski on Oct. 28.

The “eternal derbies”, as matches between the two most popular clubs in the Balkan country are known, have a history of crowd trouble with police unveiling strict security measures ahead of every game in recent years.

Two men were detained for using fireworks and pelting players with broken seats during CSKA’s 2-2 draw against surprise leaders Ludogorets in the last game before the winter break on Nov. 28.

Sofia police said further arrests were planned.

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