Serbian FA chief questioned by police over fan mafia hyperlinks

Serbian FA chief questioned by police over fan mafia hyperlinks

The questioning was a part of a wider investigation into football’s ties to organised crime. Photograph By Brendan Moran/Sportsfile by way of Getty Pictures

Serbia’s Football Affiliation president Slavisa Kokeza was questioned by police on Sunday in reference to latest arrests of a number of members of a football fan group accused of homicide, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Serbian media stated Kokeza was quizzed over his hyperlinks to leaders of the Partizan Belgrade supporters’ group who have been arrested earlier this month in what officers say is a serious crackdown in opposition to football’s hyperlinks with organised crime.

Kokeza reportedly refused to reply questions and likewise refused a lie-detector take a look at through the questioning.

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Particulars from the police investigation leaked to the media embody alleged killings by group members of their rivals, together with decapitations and torture in a particular “bunker” on the Partizan stadium within the Serbian capital.

Populist Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who has typically boasted about his youth as a radical supporter of Partizan’s rival Purple Star Belgrade, stated on Saturday that among the “surprising” particulars of the investigation might be made public subsequent week and that kids might be warned to not watch.

Vucic has recommended that the fan group members needed to kill him though his 23-year-old son was steadily photographed with its members in recent times.

Vucic’s opponents have stated the arrests seem to have been made for present as a result of it’s extensively accepted that the regime has for years maintained shut hyperlinks with football group leaders.

Serbia has a historical past of tolerating hooliganism that always resulted in violence and outbursts of nationalism at stadiums. Through the Balkan wars within the 1990s, a lot of them joined infamous paramilitary teams linked to conflict crimes in opposition to different nationwide teams within the former Yugoslavia.

Final week, European football governing physique UEFA opened a disciplinary investigation after AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic was subjected to racist abuse throughout a Europa League match in opposition to Purple Star in Belgrade.

With the return of nationalists to energy in Serbia 9 years in the past, far-right football supporters have been typically seen at pro-government rallies selling a nationalist political agenda. In change, analysts have stated, the hooligans have been allowed to pursue their unlawful enterprise actions.

Greater than a dozen outstanding figures from the nation’s football supporters’ teams have been murdered in recent times. Most have perished in gangland-style killings.

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