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Three dead after a soccer riot in Honduras

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Published on August 19, 2019 - Duration: 01:14s

Three dead after a soccer riot in Honduras

A riot erupted before a soccer match in Honduras between fans of the two opposing teams, sparked by an attack on a bus carrying members of one team by suspected fans wearing shirts of the other team, according to police.

Jayson Albano reports.

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Three dead after a soccer riot in Honduras

Three people are dead and more than ten others injured after a riot sparked by football rivalry in Honduras.

It happened Saturday (August 17) night, just before a match between Olimpia and Motagua football teams - bitter local opponents.

According to local police, it started when a bus carrying players of the Motagua team was attacked by suspected fans wearing shirts supporting Olimpia.

Rounds of tear gas fired from outside the stadium sent fans charging onto the field for cover.

According to the players of the Motagua team, crowds threw stones at their bus, breaking windows and sending shards of glass flying at them.

Three of the players were injured in the process and were sent to a hospital with facial wounds.

On Sunday (August 18), a funeral was held for one of the victims. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) MOTHER OF RIOT VICTIM, REINA MENDEZ, SAYING: "Nobody is going to replace him, nobody is going to give him back to me.

I'm left with this great pain, it's very difficult for me, I don't want to see him like this." The National Football League, which expected some 20,000 fans to attend the match, suspended the game after the incident.

But the president of the Olimpia team said he would speak to the head of the League, as well as the president of the Motagua team, to decide on the future of the game.

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