Three fans KILLED and seven injured ahead of derby in Honduras
Sickening scenes sees three KILLED and seven injured as violence breaks out between fans prior to Tegucigalpa Derby in Honduras… sparked by Motagua’s team bus disgracefully being attacked before game
- The riot between fans in Honduras saw three supporters killed and seven injured
- Motagua’s team bus was attacked before the Tegucigalpa Derby on Saturday
- Former Celtic man Emilio Izaguirre was rushed to hospital following the attack
- Widespread violence spread outside ground, which had 10,000 fans already in it
Former Celtic star Emilio Izaguirre was rushed to hospital after he was injured in a riot between fans in Honduras that saw three supporters killed and seven injured.
The full back only agreed to re-sign for his first club in his homeland, Motagua, last week after leaving Celtic for a second time during the summer, where he won 13 trophies in two spells.
But in what would have been only his second game for his club in a Tegucigalpa Derby between the capital sides of Motagua and Olimpia, sickening scenes erupted before the game when his team bus was attacked.
Riots between fans before the Tegucigalpa Derby saw three people killed and seven injured
Sickening scenes erupted before the derby match in Honduras on Saturday night
Firefighters carry an injured woman from the pitch before urgent medical treatment
Body bags pictured on the ground following the horrific scenes ahead of the fiery derby
Emilio Izaguirre was rushed to hospital following an attack on Motagua’s team bus beforehand
The former Celtic star was taken to hospital after fragments of broken glass went into an eye
Izaguirre posted this picture of himself on Instagram following the horrific scenes
Motagua and Olimpia are the two most successful clubs in the championship.
Olimpia hold the most championship titles, while Motagua sit just behind them.
The rivalry between the two clubs is the biggest in Honduras.
The rivalry is so big that in 1949, Carlos Valladares’ kit was burned on the pitch because he left Motagua to play for Olimpia.
Izaguirre was taken to hospital after fragments of broken glass went into an eye – he was one of three players injured, along with team mates Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier.
However, the 33-year-old was able to confirm from his hospital bed that he suffered no lasting damage.
He said: ‘Thank God I am fine. There were bits of glass that flew into an eye, but I’ve been told it is nothing serious and there is no lasting damage.
‘The painful thing for me is the deceased. We are all Hondurans, no matter what team you support, we all must have respect for our fellow human beings.
‘Thanks to everyone for all the kind messages I have received.’
Jonathan Rougier lies on the hospital bed after receiving medical treatment at the weekend
Roberto Moreira was also rushed to hospital on Saturday following the sickening scenes
The window is smashed on Motagua’s team bus following the attack on Saturday
Three Motagua players were injured following the horror attack on the team bus
Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo claim rivals fans threw stones and glass bottles at the bus.
Trouble began after the attack on the bus before widespread violence spread outside the ground, which had 10,000 fans already in it. The game was later postponed.
Tegucigalpa Hospital spokesman Laura Schoenherr said: ‘Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition.’
Mundo Deportivo also report that the deceased have been identified, with the three casualties aged between 20 and 27 years of age.
Motagua blamed Olimpia’s Ultras for the attack and stated: ‘This has to be severely sanctioned by the authorities.’
Supporters stand on the pitch to protect themselves from the sickening scenes in Honduras
Fans escape from the stands and run onto the turf at Honduras’ National Stadium
Riot police wait on the pitch at the National Stadium after the derby was cancelled
Riot police patrol the area outside the stadium as they look to defuse the trouble between fans
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