In Croatian Split, several people attacked the water polo players of the Serbian club “Red Star”, who came to the city for the next match, writes the Croatian portal Slobodna Dalmacija.
Three Serbian players in uniform with the symbols of the club were in the cafe when several attackers broke in (according to preliminary data, there were five of them) and began to beat the players with armature and clubs. One of the players was forced to jump into the sea from the embankment near the cafe, the other two fled. All water polo players were injured, but no serious injuries were reported.
The attackers managed to escape. As noted, while the player of the Red Star was in the water, some of the people on the embankment tried to help him, the rest shouted anti-Serb slogans. The player himself shouted that he was a Montenegrin, not a Serb.
After the incident, the Serbian team canceled the match with the Croatian club, the Serbian Foreign Ministry prepared a protest note for Croatia and demanded that the attackers be found and punished. It clarifies the Serbian newspaper Blic, citing a representative of the Government of Croatia, the Croatian authorities strongly condemned the attack on the water polo players. Prime Minister Andrei Plenkovich discussed the incident with the head of the Interior Ministry and the mayor of Split.