Serb hooligans charged for threatening reporter

Serb hooligans charged for threatening reporter

Published Feb. 16, 2010 4:14 p.m. ET

Serbia's state prosecutor has filed charges against six football hooligans for chanting death threats against an independent TV journalist during a Europa League match.

Thousands chanted threats and insults at B92 reporter Brankica Stankovic during a match in December between Partizan Belgrade and Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk. They also tossed around and punctured an inflatable rubber effigy of her.

A recent TV documentary by Stankovic found that Serbian football fan leaders and their groups are suspected of serious crimes, including drug trafficking and murder, yet remain free.

Tomo Zoric, spokesman for the prosecutor, said Tuesday the six are charged with violent behavior and threatening the safety of the journalist.

Partizan Belgrade fans were also behind the fatal beating last September of a French Toulouse fan in the Serbian capital.