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Professional footballers in Serbia have once again been shocked by a violent incident. Lazar Markovic, the biggest footballing talent in Serbia, has been assaulted by a supporter of his own club, Partizan Belgrade.

 

Lazar Markovic is currently the biggest footballing talent in Serbia. On 28 February of this year, the striker from Partizan Belgrade made his debut for the national team in a friendly match against Armenia. He was only 17 years old at the time, but three days later he celebrated his 18th birthday. His name has already been linked with big clubs such as Chelsea, Liverpool, and Fiorentina.

 

Last Saturday (10 March), Markovic was assaulted by so called Partizan supporters. The team from Belgrade had just played out a 0-0 draw at home to Sloboda PS, a disappointing result for the league leaders, who saw their arch rivals Crvena Zvezda (Red Star) closing in on them in the league as a result. Immediately after the final whistle, some Partizan hooligans invaded the pitch to show the players their anger. One of those hooligans punched Lazar Markovic in the face.

 

‘This is an absolute disgrace!’ stormed Mirko Poledica, the chairman of the Serbian professional footballers Union Nezavisnost. ‘Yet, sadly, the club and the association don’t do anything about it.’

 

‘The players themselves are afraid. They wouldn’t dare say anything about it because they still remember what happened last season in Genoa when a large group of Serbian hooligans caused riots during the Italy-Serbia international match.’