Ghana defender Lee Addy faces the biggest test of his European career when he plays in Serbia’s biggest game of the season on Saturday.
Addy, who plays for former European champions Red Star Belgrade, is expected to be action when they take on bitter rivals Partizan Belgrade.
The World Cup defender joined the club in August from local side Bechem Chelsea and has overly impressive for the club.
The fact that Partizan tried to outfox Red Star by offering Addy a better deal in the last minute has added spice to the anticipated volatile Belgrade encounter.
The Red Star-Partizan derby match will go ahead as planned on Saturday despite fears of clashes between supporters of the two bitter rivals.
The decision was made at a meeting on Thursday between police and the two Belgrade clubs, even though their right-wing and neo-fascist fan groups staged bloody riots last week.
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Serb police chief Ivica Dacic says some 5,000 officers will be deployed in the capital on Saturday during the match at the 60,000-capacity Red Star stadium.
A statement after the meeting appealed to the clubs’ supporters to avoid all incidents and distance themselves from the far-right groups seeking violence.
The rivalry between Red Star and Partizan is one of the most bitter in Europe, with a long history of fan violence.
Fears about Saturday’s match increased after dozens of people were injured when extremists clashed with police as they tried to disrupt a gay pride march in the capital last Sunday.
Two days later, Serbian hooligans rioted in Italy during a Euro 2012 qualifying match, causing it to be called off after seven minutes.
Serbian lawmakers are to vote on Friday on an urgent amendment of the criminal law that would pave the way for tougher penalties against far-right hooligan riots.
The government is seeking to change the law before Saturday’s match to introduce a 30-day pretrial detention for those triggering violence.
The Red Star and Partizan fan groups are known to be infiltrated by nationalist parties, neo-fascist and other extremist groups with a staunch anti-Western and antidemocratic agenda.
Red Star leads the premier league standings by three points from Partizan.