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‘Neo-Nazi’ gang bloodies victim in bottle attack

A group of eight 'neo-Nazis' attacked three youths in the Spanish city of Valladolid, breaking a bottle over one person's head before kicking him on the ground.

'Neo-Nazi' gang bloodies victim in bottle attack
The attack is the latest in a string of violent crimes attributed to Spanish nationalist 'neo-Nazi' groups. Photo: DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP

Three youths walking home in the early hours of Sunday morning were violently assaulted by a group of 'Neo-Nazis' in Valladolid, the capital city of the autonomous region of Castile and León in Spain.

Online journal últimoCero reported that the attack was focussed on two of the three victims.

A witness recalled that, "They broke a bottle over one person's head, then started kicking him on the ground."

"They also pushed and punched another person but the third avoided the aggression."

The alarm was raised by a worker in the area who saw the incident which he described as "started by the neo-Nazis."

According to the witness, the victim struck with the bottle was "bleeding profusely from the head."

"His clothes were soaked with blood and his trousers were ripped from being on the ground."

The witness expressed his astonishment that when police arrived, only one of the two officers present got out of the squad car.

"The first thing he did was to go over to the kid who had his head split open and his clothes soaked with blood and demand to see his ID."

An ambulance arrived while the policeman took details of the incident and transported the injured youths to hospital.

Official sources confirmed that the two hospitalized youths had not filed a police complaint but did not rule out the possibility that others in the area may have done so on their behalf.

The same sources also noted that the two victims "had not referred at any time to being attacked by neo-Nazis" but that they "confirmed that their attackers were dressed in black and wearing a well-known brand of sports shoe."

The attack coincided with the end of a neo-Nazi meeting in the nearby headquarters of the far right National Democracy party.

A presentation titled "Indo-European Spanish Nationality" had concluded only hours before the incident.

ÚltimoCero reports that this is not the first attack in Valladolid attributed to neo-Nazis in recent weeks.

A musician was stabbed by a neo-Nazi youth on April 27th.

The perpetrator of the stabbing, who is under 18 years old and has a history of similar offences,  is known by the nickname of 'Heineken'.

He was later arrested at a youth detention centre in Zamora where he was already incarcerated for his role in a third incident.

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FOOTBALL

Spanish football match suspended amid ‘Nazi’ chanting

A second division match in Spain between Rayo Vallecano and Albacete was suspended at half-time on Sunday after Rayo fans sang songs calling Albacete's Roman Zozulya a "Nazi".

Spanish football match suspended amid 'Nazi' chanting
A second division match in Spain between Rayo Vallecano andRayo fans sang songs calling Albacete's Roman Zozulya a "Nazi". File photo: AFP

The game was stopped during the first period at Vallecas and then suspended at the interval after Rayo supporters had chanted “puta Nazi”, meaning “fucking Nazi” at Zozulya, who joined Rayo on loan in 2017.

An Albacete statement read: “With the backing of @RayoVallecano, Albacete Balompie and of @LaLiga, the referee and the @rfef, it has been decided to suspend the game in Vallecas.

“A decision made with the sole objective of safeguarding the values of the sport we love and our competition.”

Rayo Vallecano wrote on Twitter: “Due to the repeated chants and insults made during the first half of the #RayoAlbacete game, the match is suspended.”    

Zozulya joined Rayo on loan in 2017 from Real Betis but never made an appearance for the club after his spell was cut short due to opposition from Rayo fans, who are renowned for being politically left-wing.

The Ukraine forward wrote an open letter to Rayo's supporters denying any links to neo-Nazi groups but some fans still attended his first training session with a banner that read Vallecas was “not a place for Nazis”.

Sunday's game was goalless at half-time, although Albacete were down to 10 men after their midfielder Eddy Silvestre had been sent off.    

“It's a very sad night for Rayo and the sport,” said Rayo club president Raul Martin Presa.

“We strongly condemn the insults that a section of the supporters, at the back, uttered towards an opposing player. We feel pain and shame after what happened.”

Presa said he had spoken to and “kissed” Zozulya, because he is “a human being and deserves respect”. 

Albacete vice-president Victor Varela said he wanted to highlight “the exemplary behaviour of Rayo”, in solidarity with their rivals.    

“During the first half, friends told me that the player was in tears and he collapsed when he returned to the dressing room.” 

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