Police detain 30 at Romania-Hungary qualifier

AP News
Posted: Oct 12, 2014 3:18 AM
Police detain 30 at Romania-Hungary qualifier

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Police say 30 Romanians were detained at the 2016 European Championship qualifier between Romania and Hungary after supporters lobbed firecrackers and smoke bombs before the match.

Police used tear gas and evacuated fans ahead of Saturday's match, which ended 1-1.

Firecrackers and shouting drowned out the Hungarian national anthem before the match. Afterward, Hungarian fans received a police escort out of the capital to buses and trains.

Police spokeswoman said Irina Dragan said 30 Romanian supporters were detained and five were banned from football stadiums for a year. Medical authorities said Sunday some people suffered fractures and minor head injuries.

Interior ministry official Gabriel Oprea said 12,000 police and riot police were deployed, with an estimated 800 fans traveling from Hungary to the Romanian capital.