Police arrested three individuals involved in Saturday's clash between local sports fans and Serbian water polo players that took place on the main waterfront in Split.
The scuffle, which saw a player from Red Star Belgrade jump into the sea in an attempt to flee the attackers, led to the cancellation of yesterday's match between Mornar and Red Star.
Split-Dalmatia County police spokesperson Antonela Lolić spoke to the media following the arrests: "Police detained three men this morning in relation to this case. One of them was found to be in possession of a shirt belonging to one of the players. Yesterday, after receiving the necessary warrants, police began a detailed investigation which resulted in the identification and arrest of five people involved in this incident."
Interior Minister Davor Božinović confirmed that Croatia had received a letter of protest from Serbia regarding the incident. The minister denounced the attack and praised the quick response by local police.
"I think it's very important for police to send a message to everyone who contemplates or participates in acts of hooliganism, be that in sport or otherwise, that police will track down perpetrators and prosecute them," said the minister.
And as for the specific type of crime committed, Minister Božinović said that "police authorities and the State Attorney's Office will work together in that regard and make the appropriate conclusions."
Meanwhile, President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović published a post on Twitter on Sunday, strongly denouncing violence in all its forms: "Hooliganism runs contrary to the ideals and values of sport. Every violent act is unacceptable. I extend my gratitude to the citizens of Split who immediately stepped in to defend those values."
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