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Red Star beats Partizan in basketball cup final played in empty arena because of fan violence

Serbia's basketball cup final was completed in an empty arena Monday after fighting between rival fans a day earlier forced the game to be stopped.

Red Star beat Partizan 78-69 a day after fans turned violent in the third quarter. They stormed the court and hurled smoke bombs. The score was 43-43.

It was decided the game would resume Monday without fans.

Violence at sports events is frequent in Serbia despite new laws that include prison terms for those involved and heavy fines for the clubs.

Similar violence marred the Greek Cup final in Athens on Sunday. The game was halted for an hour before Panathinaikos defeated archrival Olympiakos 81-78.

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