The defeat of the Serbian national team against Switzerland at the World Cup on Friday in Vienna-Ottakring probably exploded a number of football fans of Serbian origin. 150 football supporters gathered on Ottakringer Strasse around 10 p.m. after their team was eliminated, blocked the roadway and set firecrackers on fire. The result was a large-scale police action.
Bottles were thrown at the first officers to arrive. As the crowd began to move, surrounding streets were closed off for a short time. “The crowd wanted to march to the city center, which could be contained,” said police spokesman Markus Dittrich.
Several videos of the riots have been found on social networks. Witnesses reported that the Serbian fans loudly chanted “Kill the Albanians!”
The mob was eventually surrounded by the executive. The police then established the identities of those present. They were reported. There were no arrests and no one was injured.
The police action ended around 1 a.m. Officials from the police command of the city of Ottakring, several troops from grid squares from different districts, the special unit WEGA, groups from the standby unit and police officers from the Vienna State Transport Department were involved.