BELGRADE, Yugoslavia -- The manager and two former players of Buducnost soccer club were arrested Monday in Titograd, southern Yugoslavia, on suspicion of being involved in an attack on a referee two weeks ago.
Investigating judge Miodrag Andjelic of the Titograd community court said Buducnost director Branko Bulatovic and former players Vlado Martinovic and Budimir Markovic were placed in custody because they had not admitted to assaulting referee Dobrivoje Sreckovic.
Andjelic said there were fears the three men could influence witnesses if they stayed at liberty.
Sreckovic, whose first name in Serbo Croat means the Good-One and his surname the Lucky-One Good-One) was attacked after the Sept. 2 first division match while he was walking though an underground passage on his way to the dressing room. He suffered a brain concussion and other serious injuries.
The Titograd police Friday formally lodged a criminal offense report against the three men and the local public prosecutor Monday ordered an official investigation.
The Yugoslav Football Federation has banned Buducnost from playing matches at home because of the incident after the Sept. 2 match in which Buducnost was beaten 3-2 by Hajduk Split.