A Red Star Belgrade fan who used a flare to attack a policeman during a Serbian first division match last December has been sentenced to 10 years in jail on.
Uros Misic, 20, assaulted a plain-clothes police officer during Red Star’s home game with Hajduk Kula and was tried for attempted murder by the Belgrade District Court.
“It was a barbaric, brutal and monstrous attack on a policeman on duty and the authorities have the right to defend themselves when attacked,” judge Velimir Lazovic said after the judicial council passed the verdict.
“The assault was also completely unprovoked and it had to be qualified as attempted murder because Trajkovic was fighting for his life out there,” he said.
“The punishment is fitting and it is a message that there will be zero tolerance for such acts.”
Two other fans involved in the incident were convicted of violent assault earlier this month. Milos Zimonja was sentenced to one year and eight months and Slavisa Drakul to one year in jail.
“This kind of violence has become an epidemic and the legal bodies have to respond appropriately because common citizens can expect no protection if we allow villains to carry out bestial acts against the police,” the judge Lazovic added.