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Pyro-wielding Serbian followers conflict with police throughout Euros open coaching session

Pyro-wielding Serbian fans have already clashed with German police on the eve of Euro 2024.

Serbia are set to open their European campaign against England on Sunday – but their preparations were hampered by unsavoury scenes at Augsburg’s Rosenaustadion. Dragan Stojkovic’s side hosted an open training session on Wednesday (June 12) evening.

However, it was quickly overshadowed when an incident at the end saw German police clash with pyro-wielding Serbs. A young fan had tried to storm onto the pitch to try and meet his heroes, when he was stopped by security.

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The situation suddenly escalated as boos rang out from the Serbian fans – and pyro’s were thrown in the direction of the police.

Police tried to find the man responsible, but, according to German-outlet BILD, he was able to escape. The training session was paused during the incident – and it was able to finish once police had de-escalated the situation.

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Balaclava clad Serbian fan Ivan Bogdanov gestures towards riot police during the UEFA EURO 2012 Group C qualifier between Italy and Serbia at Luigi Ferraris Stadium on October 12, 2010 in Genoa, Italy.
German police are bracing themselves for Serbian ultras

German police are currently bracing themselves for 500 Serbian ultras set on causing trouble for their opening clash with England.

There are believed to be 40,000 English fans travelling to the game along with 5,000 to 8,000 Serbian sup­porters for what has been designated a “high-risk” tie by UEFA – after con­sultation with the police in Germany, Serbia and the UK.

German police have “concrete intelligence, concrete information” and believe “up to 400 or 500 ­violence-seeking ­Serbian ­hooligans will travel to ­Germany, but we don’t know it exactly and so that’s our problem at the moment.

“I guess the biggest challenge for us will be to identify violent, disruptive groups at an early stage, to separate them from peaceful and law-abiding fans, that will be our biggest challenge.”