Crowd violence mars Bosnian league restart

SARAJEVO: Crowd violence sparked by visiting Sarajevo fans forced officials to abandon a premier league match against Posusje after the Bosnian premier league resumed at the weekend. 

Sunday’s incident is the latest in a series of violent outbursts by fans that prompted the Football Association to ban two teams from using their stadiums last autumn. 

Sarajevo went ahead early in the match but, after Posusje scored their second goal four minutes into the second half, about 300 visiting fans, unhappy with their team’s performance, rioted and threw plastic seats, bottles and other objects on to the pitch. 

The home fans then invaded the pitch and the two groups threw objects at each other although police managed to keep them apart. 

Police eventually cordoned off the Sarajevo fans and escorted them out of the town after several hours. No serious injuries were reported. 

Sarajevo resumed the league competition in the second place, four points behind leaders Leotar Trebinje and ahead of city rivals Zeljeznicar on goal difference. They won the Cup last year but desperately want the first post-war league title. 

Surprise league leaders Leotar, one of six clubs from the Serb half who are in their first season ever in a top flight, needed two second-half goals to avoid a slip-up at home against relegation-doomed Bosna Visoko. 

The visitors went ahead early in the game through Samir Cekic and Leotar struggled before Ninoslav Milenkovic struck twice from free kicks in the second half to keep his team at the top of standings on 45 points. 

Defending champions Zeljeznicar moved to second on 41 after a 6-1 home rout of Zovko Zepce. – Reuters 

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