Slovakia derby abandoned as hooligans storm pitch and throw flares at each other

A Slovakian football match was abandoned after just 15 minutes after hooligans stormed the pitch and threw flares at each other.

The Slovak Super Liga derby between fierce rivals Spartak Trnava and Slovan Bratislava was brought to a halt shortly after kick-off as animosity in the stands spilled over onto the pitch.

In videos posted on social media, fans in adjacent stands can clearly be seen throwing bright red flares at each other.

A group of hooligans clad in black then climb down onto the pitch and approach their opposite numbers behind the goal, leaving helpless matchday stewards totally outnumbered.

More and more people make their way down from the stands as violence erupts on the pitch, with one group savagely kicking and stamping on someone.

The two groups of hooligans, most of whom are hidden behind masks, continue fighting as the rest of the crowd watch on in horror.

Around a minute and a half after the violence first started, the group who were originally standing behind the goal force their rivals back towards the half way line in scenes more reminiscent of a military retreat.

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The camera then pans to the centre circle, where one man can be seen kneeing a rival fan in the head.

After around four minutes of disgraceful violence, the pitch was eventually cleared as calm returned to the 19,200 capacity Anton Malatinsky Stadium.

Both the police and paramedics were also called to the scene, according to local media reports.

On Sunday evening, Slovan Bratislava released a statement blaming Trnava for the trouble and criticising the home side's handling of the match.

It added: "The match was ended by the main referee, but our position was clear – we would not want to continue after our fans were wrongly punished and pushed out of the stadium.

"We play and fight for them, and playing without them would make no real sense to us. Personally, I stand behind them, because the whole problem was caused by the failure of the domestic organising service.

"We believe that despite today's unpleasant experiences, you will all return home from Trnava within the possibilities of health, and that on Thursday we will see each other against Lincoln."

Trvana posted on their own Instagram page: "Today's match has crossed all the limits of tolerable behaviour and as a club we are ready to accept our share of responsibility.

"We don't want to throw all the fans in one bag, but we don't want anything to do with those who are not willing to accept the set rules.

"We will not advocate them uncritically just because they wear scarves in our colors. We are talking about the vast majority that came today because of football.

"First of all, we would like to apologise to all decent fans for having to witness such unacceptable behaviour of some individuals. It could have been an advertisement for football in a fantastic setting, but due to dozens of insane fans on both sides, it was a negative advertisement.

"These incidents are not to blame for the players who did not blame themselves in any way, on the contrary, their two-week efforts were wasted due to the maladapted fools, without making a mistake on the pitch."

The statement concluded with a request for the game to be replayed, possibly behind closed doors.

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