Apolice officer has sided during a street battle involving ultras from Spartak Moscow.
There was a fear that ultras arriving from Moscow for Thursday night’s Europa League match between Athletic Club and Spartak might cause some trouble in Bilbao and this has proven to be the case.
A group of around 200 Russian fans arrived at the stadium in the hours before the match and glasses and flares were thrown in a scuffle between Spartak and Athletic supporters.
The Ertzaintza – the local Basque police force – were able to get in the middle of it, although they struggled to bring the disturbance to a halt and one officer suffered a cardiac arrest.
The officer was rushed to the Basurto Hospital, but sadly passed away.
At least five arrests have been made.