Spanish police arrest 18 football hooligans

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Police broke up a crowd of Sevilla fans armed with bats, knives and fireworks before a football game at Madrid’s Vicente Calderon stadium.

29 September 2008

MADRID -- Police arrested 18 suspected football hooligans armed with baseball bats and knives outside Madrid's Vicente Calderón stadium early Sunday morning, hours before Atlético de Madrid was due to play Sevilla FC.

Police were called after witnesses saw the group of around 50 to 60 Sevilla fans gathering around the stadium, which is home to the Atlético de Madrid team. Riot officers broke up the crowd and arrested 18 people on public disorder charges. One detainee was accused of assaulting a police officer.

Officers said they seized 74 baseball bats, seven fireworks, two knives and a defence spray from the group.

Sevilla was scheduled to play Atlético in the stadium at 9pm Sunday.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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