Arrests made ahead of Sevilla derbyJanuary 6, 2018
Violence between radical supporters of Sevilla and Real Betis has resulted in 24 arrests made by local police forces, according to reports in Spain.
The confrontations occurred in the area of the Barqueta bridge, in the early hours of the morning ahead of tonight’s fixture between the rival Andalusian club sides.
Tools such as knives, axes and sticks were used in the attacks, which are said to have been planned between sets of opposition fans.
The derby – which will be played at Sevilla’s Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán stadium – is considered one of Spanish football’s most serious rivalries.
Historically, Sevilla are the more affluent of the two clubs, whereas Real Betis represent the city’s working-class contingent.
Tonight’s game is the first of the two league games between the teams this season, with Sevilla having triumphed in each of their last three encounters against their local adversaries.
For Real Betis, they have failed to beat their rivals in the last seven derby clashes in La Liga.
Sevilla currently sit 7th in the league standings, while Betis lie in 14th heading into this evening’s match.