Vardar Skopje, currently excluded from European competition, took a big step towards their eighth consecutive championship after beating Eurofarm Pelister 31-24. Get your benefits with a successful athlete and https://22bet.co.ke/mobile, bet on the following games. However, despite the clear result, the match will be remembered for a long time as violent fan riots overshadowed the top match between the two best teams from North Macedonia.
“There were some of the worst scenes in handball that I have seen,” said handball expert and ex-professional Rasmus Boysen on Twitter afterward.
In the run-up to the match, the two club presidents had appealed to all fans to behave as calmly as possible and to treat each other fairly.
During the game, the fans did not listen to their request. The first incident occurred in the twelfth minute when a Skopje fan threw a coin at the opposing goalkeeper Urban Lesjak. The Slovenian, who played four years in the Bundesliga for TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, held his head and had to be treated, but he was able to continue playing net worth.
The situation quickly escalated a few minutes later when Pelister’s supporters entered the hall. They were not allowed in until 15 minutes after the start of the game, which is common practice in North Macedonia during derbies. They rushed to their seats and promptly ignited numerous pyros and even threw them in the direction of the home fans. “Parents with small children ran as far as they could to avoid being hit by firecrackers or objects,” handball journalist Filip Mishov reported the events on Twitter.
This prompted Vardar fans to storm the field and throw numerous objects, such as water bottles, into the guest block. “One could only wonder how so many people could get from the stands to the pitch so quickly. But the answer is clear: the absence of guards and police was obvious from the very beginning. The fans outnumbered the security and the situation escalated quickly,” Mishov said.
Players from both teams attempted to de-escalate the situation, but this was unsuccessful. Only when the police entered the stadium did the situation calm down slightly. However, the referees still interrupted the game for an additional 15 minutes to calm the tempers.
After the game resumed, it continued without major incidents, although there were heated exchanges between the players. Vardar coach Vlado Nedanovski got into an altercation with an opposing player. Additionally, supporters of the hosts burned numerous items, including warm-up shirts taken from Pelister.