Fans fined for violence before Steaua-Rapid clash

Updated: April 6, 2006, 1:00 PM ET
Reuters

BUCHAREST, April 6 - Police fined 20 fans for violent behaviour hours before city rivals Steaua and Rapid were due to play their UEFA Cup quarter-final, second leg on Thursday.

A police spokesman said supporters of both teams met at two crossroads on the way to the stadium and started fighting.

"Police intervention was fast and prompt," the spokesman told reporters. "Twenty of them (supporters) were taken to the closest police station and were fined a total of 20,000 lei ($6,981)."

Rapid and Steaua drew 1-1 in the first leg of the tie last week.

Romanian police have designated Thursday's match a maximum risk game.

More than 2,500 police, mounted gendarmes and riot police from Bucharest and four surrounding areas will be stationed in and around the Lia Manoliu stadium.

Police banned the sale of alcohol in shops in the area from five hours before kickoff (1730GMT) and will search all spectators entering the stadium.

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