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Last Updated: Monday, 16 October 2006, 09:26 GMT 10:26 UK
Arrests over Zimbabwean abuse
Police have arrested 37 Serbian football fans over the racist abuse of Zimbabwe's Mike Temwanjira while playing for his side Borac on Saturday.

Twenty-nine Borac fans were released Sunday after spending a night in jail, while eight were kept in detention facing charges of "spreading racial hatred at a sports venue," police said.

Belgrade media report that fans in the central Serbian city of Cacak racially abused triker Temwanjira at a first division match.

Borac fans wore white hoods with Ku Klux Klan insignia and held a banner saying "Go away because nobody likes you" during the match against Vozdovac Belgrade.

"I am absolutely gutted and it is beyond my comprehension that they could do something like this," said Borac coach Radovan Curcic.

"(Temwanjira) was going through a hard time after the match but he has the support of all his team mates and I can say he is the favourite player in the dressing room."

Fans were reported to have raised their arms in a Nazi saulte, and the match was held for 10 minutes as police intervened to arrest 37 offenders for spreading racial intolerance.

Temwanjira, a former Zimbabwe international, has scored twice for Borac, who lost 1-0 on Saturday, this season.

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