SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) -- A soccer player was knocked
unconscious by a rock, and frenzied fans smashed the windows of cars and
stores in this northern city after their team began to lose.
The game was suspended and at least 50 people received minor injuries.
The violence broke out Saturday night after the Olimpia team from the
capital, Tegucigalpa, scored a goal against the local Real Espana team during
the second game of an important tournament.
A rock thrown from the stands hit Olimpia defensive player Elmer Marin
the face, briefly knocking him unconscious. He was treated by the Red
Cross and brought to a local hospital, where he was recuperating.
Officials then suspended the game after 28 minutes of play, and shut off
stadium lights to calm down the crowds. The teams will finish the game at an
undetermined date in a stadium closed to spectators.
Angry fans among the 15,000 spectators who attended the game at
Morazan stadium in San Pedro Sula destroyed about 20 cars parked
outside and smashed the windows of shops and businesses in the area.
The two teams left the stadium under police escort while more than 100
anti-riot police fired shots into the air to disperse the unruly crowed, which
also threw sticks and bottles.
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