Serbian Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said on Sunday that a recent assault on young Serbian water polo players in Zagreb was ethnically motivated and asked the Croatian police and prosecution to promptly find and prosecute the attackers.
Speaking at a press conference in Belgrade, Stefanovic said the assault on the players of the Partizan club on Friday was "scandalous" and that Serbia was waiting to see if the "European Croatia" would react to the scandal.
He said five Serbian water polo players aged 14 and 15, who were in Zagreb for a tournament, were physically assaulted by a group of 15 older young men who were shouting "Where are you, Serbs?"
"One of our water polo players wore a Partizan T-shirt and that was the motive for the attack. That was a purely ethnic attack. We are waiting to see if there will be a response," Stefanovic said.
He said there had never been any incidents when Croatian athletes were in Belgrade and that the Croatian peers of the assaulted water polo players walked freely around Belgrade wearing clothes with Croatian symbols.
Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic condemned the assault earlier today. "I condemn every form of violence and you know my positions... I condemn violence against anyone."
Belgrade media have reported that Partizan water polo players were assaulted in Zagreb on Friday night after coming out of a McDonald's by about 15 youths, most likely supporters of one of the Zagreb-based teams. One Serb had his finger broken and two were lightly injured.