A roundup of events around the globe

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Crowd disturbance halts game with Independiente losing 4-0 to Huracan.

A roundup of events around the globe

Soccer club Independiente boasts an impressive record having won the Libertadores Cup a record seven times and are one of only three teams to have never been relegated from the Argentine first division. But they needed three points against Huracan in the Clausura championship. However, their luck seemed to run out as Huracan struck four times and Independiente were unable to muster up any goals. Infuriated Independiente fans then decided to take matters into their own hands in the 59th minute, raining missiles, including a Wellington boot.The match had to be abandoned and judging by the reaction of their fans, this squad will not want to be the ones who create history by being relegated.More crowd troubleAnother Clausura League match marred by violence was the one between River Plate and Gimnasia La Plata. League leaders River Plate had opened the scoring through Fernando Cavenaghi but Gimnasia produced little for their fans to get excited about. And the match had to be abandoned in the 89th minute after the tear gas that the police had to fire into the stands to stop fans rioting, blew back across the pitch and made conditions unplayable. The Argentine Soccer Association will now decide whether the result should stand or a rematch needs to be ordered.Injury timeSoccer seems to be hit with a spate of injuries of late, the latest being Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord who has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a thigh strain. Wiltord picked up the injury while training with the French national team this week and will now miss the Gunners' title run-in as well as the FA Cup final on May 4. Added to the Gunners' list of injured players is French mid-fielder Robert Pires who has to undergo surgery on his injured cruciate knee ligaments and will be unable to resume training for four months. This means that Pires will not be able to take his place in France's squad for the World Cup finals, which begin on May 31. Its a death blow to the team since he was expected to play a key role in France's bid to retain the World Cup.



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