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Football supporters riot with asylum seekers in Linz

Police in the Austrian city of Linz reported on an affray between a group of asylum seekers and another group consisting of football supporters in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Football supporters riot with asylum seekers in Linz
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

The football supporters from Linzer-Athletik-Sport-Klub — also known as LASK — fought against a mixed group of Syrian and Afghan asylum seekers at 1 a.m.

Around 20 men were involved.  According to police, several police units were needed to quell the disturbance.

Despite separating the groups, police said that the groups fought again around 2:30 a.m. Two men were subsequently arrested.

According to a police spokesman, the reason for the fight was unclear.

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