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Three arrested over Bulgarian soccer fan’s death in Thessaloniki

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Police in the northern port city of Thessaloniki placed three suspects under arrest on Monday in connection with the death the previous night of a 28-year-old Bulgarian man following clashes between rival soccer club fans.

Police arrested two men aged 24 and 26 for participating in the clashes, as well as a 26-year-old woman who was allegedly driving the car that hit the Bulgarian man as he tried to escape a group of local soccer hooligans. The motorist will also face charges for abandoning the victim after hitting him.

A coroner’s report is still expected to shed light on whether the 28-year-old was killed as a result of being hit by the car or of injuries sustained during the clashes that broke out in central Thessaloniki a day after the Aris vs PAOK soccer derby on Saturday evening and a few hours before Sunday's PAOK vs Aris basketball match.

The 28-year-old Bulgarian man belonged to a soccer club that is affiliated with Thessaloniki’s Aris.