Football around the world: Yugoslavia

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The Independent Online
DESPITE THE fact that Nato air strikes have hit central Belgrade this week, the Greek club AEK Athens intend to play a friendly against Partizan Belgrade in the Yugoslav capital tonight.

The match, which was proposed by the Greeks, is intended to show solidarity with the Yugoslav people. "We've won many titles on the field. This will be a humanitarian title," said the AEK president, Dimitris Melissanidis.

The AEK party, comprised of 16 volunteer players, club officials and politicians, left Athens yesterday and were due to spend the night in Budapest, Hungary. They will set off by bus this morning, arriving in Belgrade shortly before the game. They have had no guarantees of safety. Admission fees and television revenues from the match will be donated to Yugoslav humanitarian organisations.

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