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Crvena Zvezda

 By Andy Mitten

On derby day in Belgrade, violence overshadows events on the pitch

The Belgrade derby on Apr. 25 was overshadowed by violent clashes between fans and police .
The Belgrade derby on Apr. 25 was overshadowed by violent clashes between fans and police .

In the latest edition of ESPN FC's derbies series, which features eyewitness insights into some of the biggest rivalries in world football, Andy Mitten goes to Serbia to experience the Belgrade derby between Red Star and Partizan.

BELGRADE, Serbia -- Five minutes before kickoff in the Belgrade derby, a shaven headed Partizan hooligan, his face obscured, rushes forward. Dressed in black, he's slight and holding a lighted flare in his right hand. Charging at speed from the opposite direction is an...