"I wanted to go to San Mam-s Stadium on the safest street, Alamedo Urquijo, and I ran into a pitched battle all-against-all without police".
In a statement, Ertzaintza regional police said Inocencio Alonso Garc-a, 51, died after suffering a cardiac arrest, following the clashes between supporters of Athletic and Spartak outside the Basque club's San Mames stadium before their Europa League game.
The trouble started ahead of the European club match in Bilbao.
A Spanish police officer has died after security forces clashed with fans of the Russian soccer club Spartak Moscow in the Spanish city of Bilbao, which was hosting a Europa League match.
There had been anxiousness in the days leading up to the second leg with reports that as many as 2,100 Spartak Moscow fans were due to travel to Bilbao to support their team. "We are in contact with local authorities to obtain further information on these incidents".
More than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie.
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"Five people have been arrested".
At his post-match press conference, Athletic head coach Jose Angel Ziganda said, in quotes carried on Twitter: "We didn't know anything".
But shortly after that, fighting broke out in the Deusto district when a few Russian ultras threw a glass at a group of home fans. He reportedly faces up to 15 years in jail in France for attempted homicide and grievous bodily harm.
French authorities issued an arrest warrant for the Russian suspect in December 2017 after months of work with British police to identify the perpetrators of the assault.
The incident late on February 22 raised concerns less than four months before Russian Federation is set to host the World Cup.