Nine other Croatians arrested in Pembroke – stone and iron objects found at apartment

The Police this afternoon arrested another nine Croatians who were found living in Pembroke barracks.

Tvm.com.mt is informed that when they arrived on the spot, the Police found the Croatians sitting on a fence.
During a search in the apartment they were living in, stones and even iron objects were found. The Police also found a jacket with blood on it, most probably belonging to a Croatian who yesterday was involved in a big fight with security officers in Paceville.

It is understood that the Croatians are in Malta to attend to the qualifying match today of Euro 2016. On the eve of the match Malta-Croatia, the Police arrested another six Croatians during the night that were involved in a big disturbance in Paceville. A video sent to tvm.com.mt shows various persons fighting and throwing bottles and chairs in both directions and on the facades of establishments in Paceville. Eyewitnesses said that the fight began at around 1.00 a.m. between supporters of the Croatian football team and security officers. The brawl escalated as the Croatians started throwing whatever came in their way with around 30 people involved.

The Police said in a statement that initial investigations showed that the incident started between a group of people at St Rita Steps. A number of other persons joined the group and went towards St George’s Street, St Julian’s where a group of people started throwing chairs, bottles and glasses towards security people at entertainment establishments and caused other damages. The Police controlled the situations and arrested the Croatians for further investigations.

Meanwhile, maximum security is expected this evening outside the National Stadium at Ta’ Qali after the decision not to allow Croatian supporters to enter for the match following disturbances Croatian supporters caused 10 years ago in another qualifying match against Malta.

Informed sources told tvm.com.mt that there are currently around 380 Croatians in Malta for this evening’s match. It was pointed out that apart from last night’s disturbance, another fight broke out on Sunday evening at St George’s Bay between Croatian and Serbian nationals.