Djordje Prelic was understood to be the leader of a group of Partizan Belgrade hooligans and had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for the September 2009 attack on Taton before a Europa League match against Toulouse in Serbia’s capital.
“Prelic had already been detained by Spanish authorities when their identity checks showed who he was,” Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dadic said.
Prelic was apprehended during a routine traffic stop near Barcelona after he was found to be using false papers.
He had been the only remaining Partizan hooligan at large after around 40 men received sentences of between four and 35 years, later reduced to 15, for the brutal and unprovoked beating of a group of Toulouse fans.
At the time the case shocked football, with the 28-year-old Taton dying from his injuries 12 days after the attack.
Taton had been drinking with friends outside a cafe in Belgrade when, a few hours before the game on September 17, a group of Partizan hooligans attacked them with flares and sticks.
Taton suffered fatal head and chest injuries in a sustained assault that saw him thrown four metres down a stairwell.
Prelic could spend longer than the assigned 15 years in prison – he is understood to have been wanted for up to 20 more crimes.
Following his detention there are now no more suspects for the 2009 assault.
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