Police officer dies after clashes between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow fans

source : skysports.com - 22/02/18 10:30pm


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A police officer has died in Bilbao after clashes between supporters

A Basque police officer has died after clashes between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow supporters before their Europa League tie at the San Mames Stadium.

More than 500 police officers were deployed in the city for the round-of-32 second leg, with a large number of visiting supporters expected at the match.

We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday, said a press spokesman for the Ertzaintza regional police.

Earlier in the evening, police made a number of arrests as fans clashed with the authorities as well as rival supporters, with fireworks and other projectiles thrown.

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Basque police stand guard outside the San Mames Stadium

Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians, the spokesman for Ertzaintza added.

Spartak won the match 2-1 but Bilbao progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League courtesy of a 4-3 aggregate win.

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