Soccer-Nine people arrested in Budapest ahead of Europa League final

Soccer Football - Europa League - Final - Sevilla v AS Roma - Puskas Arena, Budapest, Hungary - May 31, 2023 General view of police officers in the foreground as AS Roma fans make their way to the stadium ahead of the match REUTERS/Marton Monus

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungarian police arrested at least nine people on Wednesday as fighting broke out among soccer fans in Budapest before Sevilla faced AS Roma in the Europa League final, the police said on their website.

Before the game started, police said several people got into a fight and three were injured, with one Spanish and one Swedish citizen taken to hospital. Police opened a criminal investigation into the suspected offence of group aggravated assault and seven Polish citizens have been arrested.

In a separate incident in downtown Budapest, police said two fans, one Spanish and one Italian, were assaulted. Two Polish nationals have been arrested.

Sevilla are bidding for a record-extending seventh Europa League title against a Roma team coached by Jose Mourinho, who has led teams to five major European trophies including last year's Conference League with the Italian capital club.

(Reporting by Boldizsar Gyori, editing by Ed Osmond)

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