One killed, over 100 injured as fans riot

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

One person killed and over 100 wounded in mass rioting near the Kremlin following Russia's 0-1 defeat to Japan in a World Cup match.

Moscow:

One person was killed and over 100 were wounded in mass rioting on Sunday near the Kremlin following Russia's 0-1 defeat to Japan in a World Cup match. A man was stabbed to death in his car and a policeman was hospitalised in grave condition with stab wounds. Facades of State Duma, Moskva Hotel, historic House of Columns were damaged in the rioting as a group of youth armed with iron bars went on a rampage on the central Tverskaya street (former Gorky street). Six restaurants were attacked by the mob in Moscow's posh area near the Kremlin. According to local TV channels, up to 30 cars parked on the streets were damaged and set on fire by angry youth shouting nationalist slogans in front of State Duma and other central streets near the Kremlin after Russia lost. Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin said mostly unarmed policemen were injured in the riot by drunken youth, who also overturned an ambulance van, injuring its medical crew. Moscow city authorities, shocked by the rioting, have ordered dismantling of the special TV screens erected on Manezh Square - epicentre of rioting and other key public places in central parts of the city - for live telecast of World Cup matches. (PTI)

Topics : Football
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