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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Belgrade (Serbia), Soccer Match on November 2

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The U.S. Embassy in Belgrade informs U.S. citizens that on Thursday, November 2nd at 9:00pm, soccer club Partizan will play Skenderbeg (Albania) at Partizan Stadiumin Belgrade.  Police expect 30,000-35,000 people at the stadium. This is a particularly high risk event because of animosity between hooligans affiliated with both teams, and frequent clashes in and around the stadium between them.  Expect a large police presence in the area and around town.

 

There is a potential for violence before, during, and after this match.  Expect police activity and crowds around the stadiums and anticipate road closures approximately two hours before the games.

 

Even events and demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations

 

For further information:

·         See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel   Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Serbia Country Specific Information.

·         Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 

·         Contact the U.S. Embassy in Serbia, located at Bulevar kneza Aleksandra Karadordevica 92, at +381 (11) 706-4000, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The after-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also +381 (11) 706-4000.

·         Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

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