Colombian soccer violence sees 160 fans arrested

September 25, 2006

BOGOTA, Colombia -- A 25-year-old was killed and three other soccer fans hospitalized in street clashes that ended with the arrests of 160 on Sunday.

The violence began before a match when fans from Colombian league leader Deportes Tolima, defying 1,000 police sent to reinforce security, threw rocks at the bus carrying the visiting Millionarios squad from Bogota.

Following Tolima's 1-0 victory, the disturbances resumed and Millionarios fan Alejando Galindo was killed when he was run over by a bus. Three more Millionarios fans were taken to a hospital in Ibague, 80 miles west of the capital, and released Monday with minor injuries, authorities said.

Those arrested were under the influence of drugs and alcohol, Col. Gilberto Ramirez, police commander in Tolima province, said Monday.


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