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11/04/2013
 

Serbia currently has the reputation of being the worst nation for football violence and this was unfortunately enhanced over the weekend when fans set fire to the stadium during the derby between Red Star Belgrade and Partizan Belgrade. Nenad Borovcanin, the country’s top sports official, says the government needs to look at Britain to figure out how to properly solve the ongoing problem.

 

Borovcanin made his claim after the disgraceful scenes at the November 2 derby by saying, “The response of the state must be strong like the one Britain made when they removed the fences and replaced them with severe punishment for all offenders. If the authorities are consistent and willing to deal with this problem there is no chance that what we saw on Saturday will happen again.”

 

The sports minister stated that the government has to show the hooligans who the boss is and needs to be stronger than the troublemakers. He mentioned that England suffered from a terrible hooligan situation during the 1970s and 80s and now has the problem under control with the help of all-seating stadiums.

 

Police arrested dozens of fans in Belgrade as rival hooligans fought with each other before the game had even kicked off. Once the huge fire was lit by Partizan supporters in the second half the police tried to control the crowd with a water cannon and the match was held up for 10 minutes. But that’s a problem right there. While hooligans attempt to burn a stadium down they’re not punished since the game is allowed to resume instead of being called off.

 

Authorities removed some of the stadium seats in Belgrade before the derby as a safety measure, but the hooligans threw whatever they could get their hands on into the raging fire. But this fixture has a long history of crowd violence and close to 100 fans were arrested back in May as seats were burned, a team bus was pelted with rocks and hooligans battled in the city center. Because of the previous violence, the simple solution would have been to ban away fans for this derby or to have ordered it played in an empty stadium.

 

However, the Serbian government is far too lenient with hooligans and they’re starting to export their sick brand of violence. A Euro 2012 qualifying match in Genoa, Italy had to be called off after just seven minutes back in October of 2010 when Serbian hooligans threw dozens of lit flares onto the playing surface. These are just a couple of examples of violent incidents and ultras are known to even attack players on their own teams.

 

Borovcanin feels that enough’s enough and said, “Club and government officials involved in sports must show a true commitment in dealing with the issue and their action must be strong and decisive in order to deter the leaders of die-hard fan sections from carrying on with the incidents. Slaps on the wrist won't do because that only encourages the ringleaders, who must be isolated from true fans."

 
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08/04/2013
 

Soccer players are no strangers to getting a lot of attention for their amazing display of skills. But some players aren't satisfied with the attention and need more. Their behavior on and off the pitch get's plenty attention, but lately, their hairstyles have been the focus. Players are working hard with their creative haircuts!


A soccer player who in the last few days has been garnering a lot of attention from Europe, once again has everyone talking about him. FK Partizan is a club with a large number of young and talented players in their ranks. It is their strength to develop young players and sell them for a much higher price. One of those great talented players is Aleksandar Mitrovic, an 18-year-old who also plays in Serbia's U-19 national team. He helped Serbia win the gold medal just a few days ago. 

 

His talent is not debatable, he has proven match after match, but Mitrovic has chosen a path similar to the great Mario Balotelli when it comes to behavioral issues. The comparison doesn't seem to bother Mitrovic who was keen to his new nickname.

His ex-manager didn’t like the nickname and declared, “I'm going to pluck ears to all who are calling him ‘Balotelli’. I keep wondering why no one here has a nickname Zidane or Raul, but we all search for some strange guys.’’

 

A copy is always worse than the original, he should know it and judging by his talent, Mitrovic’s future is bright so he should be trying to build his own name and reputation.

 

When he burst onto the football scene, Mitrovic got lot of attention caused by his incredible talent. But Mitrovic has yet another talent – he has changed hairstyles more than he has scored goals last season.  When he has appeared on a meeting with his teammates, after returning from EURO U-19, he showed a new haircut, which, to put it mildly, is really weird. But well, we all have a different taste. And probably only Aleksandar knows the meaning of his new hairstyle.

 
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