Wednesday October 29th, 2014

A massive brawl erupted in Belgrade on Wednesday between supports of rivals Red Star and Partizan Belgrade, according to the Associated Press.

The brawl involved hundreds of fans, the AP reports, and left one person in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. A total of eight fans were arrested, one of whom for suspicion of firing a gun during the clash.

It's unclear what caused the brawl, which occurred near Partizan Stadium, the home ground of Partizan Belgrade. 

The two Serbian SuperLiga teams, both located in Belgrade, last played each other Oct. 18, a 1-0 win for Partizan, and aren't scheduled to play again until April 18.

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The brawl comes about two weeks after a Euro 2016 qualifier at Partizan Stadium between Serbia and Albania was abandoned after a drone carrying an Albanian nationalist flag was flown over the stadium.

The drone's flight led to a stoppage in play and a confrontation between the two teams when a Serbian player attempted to pull the drone down, followed by violence among fans in the stands.

Each team's football association accused the other of being responsible for the violence and stoppage, with Albania denying a claim that the brother of the country's prime minister was responsible for flying the drone.

As a result of the incident, UEFA awarded Serbia a 3-0 win but took away three points because of the violence, ordered Serbia to play its next two home qualifiers with no fans in attendance and fined both teams.

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Partizan is currently tied for first place in the SuperLiga with 25 points in 10 games, while Red Star is in third place with 23 points.

Ben Estes

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