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FAN VIOLENCE

Nine people arrested in Budapest ahead of Europa League final

AS Roma supporters at the Olimpico Stadium while watching the broadcast of the UEFA Europa League final soccer match between Sevilla FC and AS Roma on huge screens in Rome, Italy, 31 May 2023. (Photo: EPA-EFE / Fabio Frustaci)

Hungarian police arrested at least nine people on Wednesday as fighting broke out among football 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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