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RIGA - Police officers in Riga were busy yesterday keeping an eye on about 100 unruly Croatian football fans from Split, who had arrived for last night's game against "Skonto."
After bar-hopping in Old Town all afternoon, the fans headed for "Skonto" Stadium in midtown Riga.
A fistfight erupted between the fans and Municipal Police officers not far from the stadium on Alberta Street. One officer suffered injuries.
A second skirmish occurred right before the game in the stadium between security guards and the mob, who proceeded to occupy a sector in the stands of their own choosing. The guards were assisted by the police, who helped steer the Croatians to the visitors' sector.
A total of eight were arrested for hooliganism, inflicting bodily injury and resisting arrest.