Serbia expels 6 Croatian fans, bars entry for 3 years

August 9, 2018

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Serbia has expelled six Croatian soccer fans who were sentenced to suspended prison terms for robbing a gas station while traveling to Bulgaria.

A Serbian court said Thursday the fans have been barred from entering Serbia for the next three years.

The group admitted stealing beer, cigarettes and toys from the gas station near Belgrade while on their way to last week's match between Hajduk Split and Slavia Sofia.

Police detained 28 fans as they were returning. Another 14 fans got 15-day jail terms and one-year entry ban. Several fans were fined for smaller offenses.

Local media have carried pictures showing the fan group's name, Torcida, written on a gas station wall along with a "U'' sign associated with Croatia's World War II Ustasha pro-Nazi fighters.