This Week in Soccer Violence

With World Cup qualifiers going on around the globe, the hooligans are out in full force. Some dispatches …

Ivory Coast vs. Malawi:

A stampede at a soccer match in the Ivory Coast killed at least 22 people and wounded 132 yesterday, authorities said. Fans at the Felix Houphouet-Boig-ny arena pushed against each other shortly before the World Cup qualifying game between Ivory Coast and Malawi, setting off a panic that led to the stampede, Interior Minister Desire Tagro said on state TV. “They started pushing to get in because the match was about to start and each and every one of them wanted to get in,” Tagro said.

Northern Ireland vs. Poland:

Before the game, riot police had to separate NI and Polish fans.

Fireworks, bricks and bottles were thrown between the two sets of fans outside the football ground …

Residents in the area were advised by police to stay indoors.

During the game play was suspended for five minutes after a linesman was hit on the head with a small object thrown from the crowd.

The Polish fans were kept inside the ground for nearly an hour after the match ended but have now left without incident.

From the Greek premier league:

Around 60 fans clashed with police inside the Olympic stadium in Athens on Sunday and police said they had used tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Police said they had also clashed with dozens of fans outside the stadium, where AEK Athens were hosting Levadiakos in the Greek top league.



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3 responses to “This Week in Soccer Violence

  1. Pingback: Ivory Coast Fallout « SPOLITICAL

  2. Stephen Egan-Freelance Journalist

    Good stuff this is the kind of thing they try to keep out of the news.

  3. daynperry

    Thanks, Stephen. And thanks for stopping by.

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