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Cologne police take Europe's most infamous hooligan

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Ivan Bogdanov likes to present his naked torso. He is his business card. The left breast decorates a stylized Celtic cross, symbol of Serbian ultra-nationalists. On right he had a hand grenade tattooed. The message is clear. Bogdanov is not a chorknabe.

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At latest since 2010, he has also been a member of football scene. At that time, he made a break with his vassals in European Championship qualifying round between Italy and Serbia. Because of his stately fleshiness and his martial appearance, he got nickname "Ivan, Terrible", alternatively also "Beast of Genoa".

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Now police in Cologne have arrested Serbian hooligan. The 37-year-old had been part of Europa League game between 1. FC Köln and Serbian champion Roter Stern Belgrade (Thursday, 7.00 pm / Sky). The security forces seized notorious rioters toger with seven or hooligans in an apartment in inner city, as "Express" reports. It was a "preventive measure," a police officer said. Apparently, Bogdanov wanted to use lot as a stage for his riot activities.

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Like n, in Genoa, when Bogdanov was sitting on stadium fence with a black storm-hood and wide-eyed eyes, his right arm eagerly raised a fascist greeting. In or hand he held a side cutter – with tool he had previously cut Fangzun quietly. After break, he n hunted for Vladimir Stojkovic, at that time Serbian national guard.

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His offense was to change from Red Star to local rival Partizan Belgrade, which gave mob to lynch him. Bogdanov was later arrested when he wanted to leave Italy in baggage compartment of a travel agency. As a ringleader of Randale, he was sentenced to three years in prison. In 2013 he was released early. Since n, he has continued his ruthless activities through Europe.

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The police are in any case ready with a big squad for first Europa League home game of FC for 25 years. More than 2,000 officials are to prevent possible riots around match on Thursday. There will also be water jets. "I say quite clearly: Cologne police will not accept arguments," said police president Uwe Jacob. Eleven hundred applications were requested for risk game.

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In hooligans scene, duel is regarded as a high point, which many have been looking forward to for weeks. Also Cologne fan scene is known for its hard core krautiereiter trailer. Among home fans count with up to 500 interferers, explained police chief Michael Temme. The "violent" supporters of FC apparently "very broad mobilization" takes place.

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From Belgrade are expected up to 5000 fans – more than half of it without ticket. Among m, according to current findings, re are up to 500 risk scenarios. "The relationship between two groups of interferences is, according to Belgrade and us, as hostile," said Temme.

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The authorities criticized exchange of information with guest association about his supporters. "It makes me think that a club that is on international stage does not have necessary information," said Temme.

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It would not be first time that Serbian institutions are not very interested in pursuing notorious hooligan. For decades, Serbian football has been closely linked by criminal hooligans, clubs and a nationalist government.

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Although Prime Minister Aleksandr Vucic regularly voices that he wants to fight against radical disturbance, but experts consider his efforts to be unbelievable. Rar, Serbia's powerful forces tolerated brutal squadrons as an extended arm of ir policy. Thus, football fans would be a kind of police force of Serbian nationalists.

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"The government harnesses hooligans for ir purposes and provides m with protection from prosecution," says Dobrivoje "Dan Tana" Tanasijevic, President of Red Star Belgrade. The fans of recordmaker are regarded as neo-Nazi, homophobic and violent. They celebrate war criminals like Zeljko Raznatovic ("Arkan") or Ratko Mladic as heroes. In court raised to his fascist gesture, Bogdanov said: "Hitlergruß? I can not remember that. I am a nationalist. I love my Farland, Red Star and God. "

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The 37-year-old is regarded as leader of Hooligan scene at Red Star. With fans of Partizan Belgrade, "Grobari" (German: Totengräber), y are traditionally hostile. This goes so far that prominent Partizan followers are shot on street.

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"The hooligans are a cancer," Tasijevic told OCCRP, a research platform specialized in analysis of organized crime, "y are stronger than club and all or fans. And y would have to sit in prison for all crimes y have committed. But y always get away. "

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Hooligan groups such as "Ultra Bojs" on side of Red Star Belgrade or "Forbidden" on part of Partizan have long been linked to organized crime. Its members are to be involved in drug trafficking. Why always some of m escaped from law, even though y are suspected of most serious crimes, Serbian Prime Minister Vucic said: "Shall we ever do something just because a few journalists ask?"

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No wonder that Bogdanov was in jail in Italy, but remained unaffected. Not even a ban on stadium hit busy riot tourists. He also appeared in games of Roter Stern as well as in games of Serbian national team, such as in Odessa, Sassuolo or Belgrade, where Hooligans in 2015 again caused a break in encounter between Serbia and Albania.

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So now also in Cologne. But German security authorities were prepared for arrival of Bogdanov. At least this time re will be no furr marginal pictures of "Ivan, Terrible".

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