The Europa League final between Sevilla and AS Roma was marred by clashes among soccer fans in Budapest, leading to the arrest of at least nine individuals, according to Hungarian police.
The incidents occurred before the highly anticipated match, prompting authorities to open a criminal investigation into group aggravated assault.
Prior to kick-off, a brawl erupted among several individuals, resulting in injuries to three people.
One Spanish and one Swedish citizen were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.
The police swiftly intervened to restore order and detained seven Polish citizens in connection with the incident.
In a separate incident in downtown Budapest, two fans, one Spanish and one Italian, fell victim to an assault.
Hungarian police promptly responded to the situation, arresting two Polish nationals believed to be involved.
The Europa League final has witnessed heightened tensions among rival supporters, tarnishing the spirit of the competition.
Sevilla, who are aiming to secure an unprecedented seventh Europa League title, faced off against AS Roma, led by renowned coach Jose Mourinho.
The Portuguese manager boasts an impressive track record, having guided teams to victory in five major European trophies, including last year's Conference League with Roma.
As authorities work to maintain safety and security in the footballing event, the incidents of violence serve as a stark reminder of the need for collective efforts to ensure the enjoyment of the sport without endangering the well-being of fans and participants alike.