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The 1970–71 Yugoslav First League season was the 25th season of the First Federal League (Serbo-Croatian: Prva savezna liga), the top level association football league of SFR Yugoslavia, since its establishment in 1946. Eighteen teams contested the competition, which ended with Hajduk Split winning their fourth title, club's first in 16 years.

Prva savezna liga
Season1970–71
Dates23 August 1970 – 27 June 1971
ChampionsHajduk Split
4th Federal League title
6th Yugoslav title overall
RelegatedBor
Crvenka
European CupHajduk Split
Cup Winners' CupRed Star
UEFA CupŽeljezničar
Dinamo Zagreb
OFK Beograd
Top goalscorerPetar Nadoveza
Božo Janković
(20 goals each)

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IncidentsEdit

The season featured an incident that occurred in Split's Stari plac Stadium on 23 September 1970 during the Hajduk vs. OFK Beograd week 7 league fixture. With the score tied at 2-2, match referee Pavle Ristić from Novi Sad fell unconscious in the 52nd minute after getting hit in the head with an object thrown from the stands. The match was stopped and the Yugoslav FA's (FSJ) disciplinary body made a ruling to register it with a 0-3 score for OFK Beograd.

The disciplinary measure set off huge days-long, often violent protests in Split that quickly assumed a distinctly anti-Belgrade and anti-Serb tone. Led by the club's hardcore fans Torcida, the practice of seeking out parked cars with the city of Belgrade license plates and pushing them into the Adriatic Sea from the docks was especially widespread in Split during the protests. The press also reported about some of the gathered mob spontaneously launching into a cynical and sarcastic rendition of Sergio Endrigo's then current and popular song "Kud plovi ovaj brod" ('Where is This Ship Going') as the cars with Belgrade plates were pushed into the sea and floated in the water before sinking.[1]

Due to their political undertones and the potential to undermine the country's official inter-ethnic guiding principle during the sensitive time when MASPOK was gathering steam in SR Croatia, the Split football protests quickly came to the attention of Yugoslav politicians who decided to deal with the situation by pressing FSJ into changing its disciplinary ruling and registering the 2-2 score. FSJ did exactly that, reinstating the score at the moment when the match was interrupted as the official result.[2]

League tableEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Hajduk Split (C) 34 18 13 3 61 31 +30 49 1971–72 European Cup
2 Željezničar 34 18 9 7 59 34 +25 45 1971–72 UEFA Cup
3 Dinamo Zagreb 34 17 9 8 55 32 +23 43
4 OFK Belgrade 34 15 8 11 54 44 +10 38
5 Partizan 34 14 10 10 44 34 +10 38
6 Red Star Belgrade 34 14 8 12 62 46 +16 36 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup
7 Olimpija 34 13 10 11 47 35 +12 36
8 Velež 34 14 8 12 52 48 +4 36
9 Čelik 34 14 8 12 35 32 +3 36
10 Sloboda Tuzla 34 9 14 11 23 29 −6 32
11 Radnički Niš 34 11 9 14 38 43 −5 31
12 Sarajevo 34 9 11 14 42 51 −9 29
13 Maribor 34 9 11 14 33 48 −15 29
14 Borac Banja Luka 34 9 11 14 47 66 −19 29
15 Vojvodina 34 10 9 15 38 43 −5 29
16 Radnički Kragujevac 34 9 10 15 29 50 −21 28
17 Bor (R) 34 9 8 17 43 66 −23 26 1971–72 Yugoslav Second League
18 Crvenka (R) 34 8 7 19 28 58 −30 23
Source: rsssf.com
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion; (R) Relegated.

League top scorers:

Promoted from Yugoslav Second League:

Club
Sutjeska Nikšić
Vardar Skopje

Winning squadEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Orlić, Alen (12 November 2003). "Zdravko Reić: Izopćili su me iz Hajduka ZBOG SLUČAJA ŠIŠMIŠ". Slobodna Dalmacija. Archived from the original on 11 November 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-08-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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