EVERTON’S 2-0 first leg Europa League qualifier win last week was marred by ugly scenes which saw Hajduk Split fans attempt to attack Toffees supporters.
The game was temporarily suspended in the 33rd minute and the Croatian giants were subsequently charged with “throwing of objects”, “crowd disturbances”, “field invasions by supporters” and “acts of damages”.
Everton, meanwhile, were also hit with a UEFA charge of “throwing of objects” and a hearing is anticipated soon.
And while Split’s reputation is largely built on acts of hooliganism there is more to what is a very complex club than simply acts of disorder and violence.
Ahead of Thursday’s second leg in Croatia, our friends at Football Whispers recall some of Hajduk Split’s highs and lows.
Split fan kills a cockerel before Spurs clash
Ahead of Tottenham’s 1984 UEFA Cup semi-final with Hajduk, a Split fan got onto the field armed with a live cockerel, proceeding to break its neck.
The violent act saw Split fined 3,000 Swiss Francs and landed the club a ban on playing fixtures within 300km of their home ground.
“The rooster was the symbol of Tottenham and the English fans were so arrogant. They thought they were bigger than God,” Anthony Barabbas later said.
“I’m sorry, really I was wrong. I can only blame my immeasurable love of Hajduk.”
Hajduk Split celebrate 100th anniversary in style
While one fan will best be remembered for creating a bloody mess, Split supporters have shown a more artful side in the past.
In 2011 Split celebrated their 100th anniversary in style with Split fans decorating the city in the club’s colours with flags and graffiti. At midnight a spectacular show of rockets, flares and fireworks lit up the city’s skyline.
Meanwhile, in Prague where the club was formed by students 100 years earlier, celebrations also took place.
Fan chases referee with iron bar
In March of this year the first of several incidents blighted Hajduk. In second half stoppage time of their game against Rijeka, a masked Split fan ran onto the field wielding an iron bar.
He chased the referee and it took an intervention from Split skipper Zoran Nizic finally took control, escorting the hooligan from the field.
Police finally took the fan away – after he refused to re-enter the terrace – and he was pelted with missiles from the stands.
The game, which had earlier been interrupted when a firework thrown onto the pitch, ended 1-1.
Hajduk Split handed three-year ban from Europe
In 1988 Split’s notorious Torcida firm – Europe’s oldest after being founded in 1950 – really came to prominence by rioting against Marseille.
Their actions saw the Croatian giants kicked out of Europe for three years. Beaten 4-0 in France in the first leg, the Torcida’s action in the return leg saw Split banned from Europe and handed a 3-0 aggregate loss.
Previous episodes included attacking a referee in 1961 after he disallowed a Hajduk goal and forcing the former Yugoslav army to abandon a stadium after attacking and injuring more than 40 officers.
In 2000 the Torcida invaded the pitch in an attempt to attack Partizan Belgrade players. A year later they rioted in a match against arch-rivals Dinamo Zagreb and five years ago, 180 members were arrested for their part in trouble at a Croatia v England game.
Split supporters join forces with fire brigade
Perhaps the Torcida’s finest hour came earlier this summer. With the city of Split engulfed in flames, Hajduk’s ultras put their coordination and organisation to use to help tackle the blaze.
Along with civilians, the army and firefighters they organised buses to escort those affected to safety and helped minimize damage.
“I want to thank the firefighters, members of the army, police, DUZS, the citizens who protected homes and members of the Torcia,” said Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic.
Hajduk fined for fans’ racist chanting
Split’s Europa League run has been marred by controversy. Before the trouble at Goodison Park, Hajduk supporters were found guilty of racist chanting against Levski Sofia.
Fined £45,000 following a goalless first leg, they played the home leg in an empty Stadion Poljud but still progressed with a 2-0 victory in Croatia.
UEFA also fined Hajduk £4,500 after fans threw objects during the same game as Split picked up a 3-2 win over the Bulgarian club.
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