28 Apr 15
Montenegro Jails Fan for Football Violence
Montenegro has jailed a fan for throwing a flare at a Russian goalkeeper during last month’s abandoned qualifier match.
The court in Podgorica on Monday has jailed Luka Lazarevic for three-and-a-half months for throwing a flare at Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev at last month’s chaotic football match.
Lazarevic was convicted of violent behaviour at a sporting events and of causing injuries. He will have to pay an additional 750 euro fine.
The Euro 2016 Group G qualifier between Russia and Montenegro in Podgorica on March 27 had to be called off before time after Lazarevic hit the Russian goalkeeper with a flare, as a result of which he was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The Russian player suffered concussion to the brain and a burn to the neck as a result of this act of hooliganism.
German referee Deniz Aytekin eventually called off the match after fans several times endangered the safety of players by throwing other objects onto the pitch, including coins, a lighter and according to some reports, a knife.
Judge Nada Rabrenovic said the sentence was below the statutory minimum, taking account of mitigating circumstances.
“Lazarevic had no prior convictions, voluntarily surrendered to the police and admitted the crime,” the judge said.
Two weeks after a match that some media outlets called “the end of football as a civilized sport in Montenegro”, UEFA awarded Russia a 3-0 win over Montenegro.
UEFA ordered Montenegro to play its next home qualifier in an empty stadium. The national football Federation was also fined 50,000 euro. Russia was also fined 25,000 euro for improper conduct by some its own supporters.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)