Police officer dies after football fans clash ahead of match between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow


A police officer died on Thursday in clashes with Spartak Moscow football fans ahead of a Europa League game against Athletic Bilbao.

Trouble erupted ahead of match outside the San Mames stadium in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao.

The police officer died in hospital, where he had been taken following a heart attack when the regional Basque Country police force Ertzaintza was trying to stop street battles between supporters of the two teams, the police said.

At least five people were arrested.

Spartak won the second leg of the round of 32 tie 2-1 but were knocked out of Europe’s second-tier club competition 4-3 on aggregate after losing the first leg 3-1 in Moscow.



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