BELGRADE, April 16 The Serbian Football
Association (FSS) begged fans not to fight ahead of Wednesday's
Cup semi-finals after a man was killed in soccer-related
violence earlier this week.
"We hereby implore all fans to show respect for each other
and the teams involved in the two FA Cup semi-finals and to
always do so in the future," the FSS said.
"The tragic death of a fan in a pre-arranged fight shows
that a tidal wave of hooliganism has swept Serbia's football and
we need to put and end to this evil swiftly," it said on its Web
A 27-year-old man was shot dead by a firearm and a
17-year-old boy seriously wounded on Monday when rivals fans
clashed at Futog train station near the northern city of Novi
The clash appeared to have been agreed in advance by
Vojvodina Novi Sad and Partizan Belgrade fans who fought in Novi
Sad two days earlier ahead of an incident-free league match.
Four people were injured and 30 arrested after running
battles in the city centre and one was treated for stab wounds.
Wednesday's semi-final between Cup holders Red Star Belgrade
and bitter city foes Partizan is expected to be played amid
tight security as the fixture has a history of crowd trouble.
The FSS said fans needed to adopt a "code of conduct" to
help win "a crucial battle against hooliganism."
"We need real football fans to set an example and distance
themselves from the hooligans whose mindless rage is a threat to
sport and society in general," it said.
"These people are not committed to the well-being of sport
or basic human values and we can only feel complete contempt for
(Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; editing by Rex Gowar)