Deadly Fight Breaks Out Between Fans at Honduras Football Match

National riot police officers patrol around the stadium. Three players were injured when rocks were pelted at their bus

National riot police officers patrol around the stadium. Three players were injured when rocks were pelted at their bus

The violence began when crowds threw stones at the Motagua team bus, injuring three players, the BBC reported.

Olimpia and Motagua are the two most successful football teams in Honduras, and their rivalry is considered the biggest in the country.

The club shared photos of them in a local hospital being treated for cuts from the glass shards. Three players on the team were injured when the glass windows shattered, according to the team.

Soccer fans gather on the field in an attempt to escape tear gas that was sacked by police who were trying to break up a deadly fight between fans before the start of a game between Motagua and Olimpia, at the national stadium in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, late Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. Former Celtic player Emilio Izaguirre was among those injured.

Football fans affected by tear gas fired by police are helped by members of the Red Cross after a deadly fight broke out between Motagua and Olimpia fans.

Hospital spokeswoman Juliette Chavarría said three spectators died Saturday, and a fourth died on Sunday.

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The National Football League of Honduras subsequently canceled the game, which 20,000 fans had been expected to attend.

National riot police officers patrol around the Tiburcio Carias Andino stadium, where fans rioted in Tegucigalpa.

"We regret these situations and I call on the fans of Olimpia and other teams in the National League to avoid performing these acts which damage soccer", Villeda said, via the Associated Press.

Police also implemented emergency procedures inside the stadium, moving around 10,000 fans to the center of the pitch in a bid to halt attendees from stampeding towards the exit and being caught up in tear gas outside the stadium. "Three of the injured adults are in critical condition", a spokesperson said.

Around 5,000 police were called to the game, which was considered high risk as it was the first confrontation between Motagua coach Vasquez and the new coach of Olimpia Pedro Troglio.

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