About two hours prior to the match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo from the Vicente Calderon, a giant brawl broke out between fans outside the stadium.
The fight left one fan reportedly in his 40’s in critical condition, having suffered a heart attack after being severely beaten and then thrown into the Manzanares River.
The man was reportedly “clinically dead” after being pulled from the water, suffering from hypothermia and an unspecified head injury, but was resuscitated and brought to the hospital.
UPDATE: According to reports, the fan has died.
Spanish national police have announced they have two men in custody and have “identified” 30 more from the fight that reportedly involved over 200 people. Around 12 were injured, including one policeman.
The Spanish league (LFP) has released a statement saying they are strongly opposed to the incident, and which suggested the league attempted to contact the Spanish governing body (RFEF) about postponing or calling off the match, but ultimately couldn’t get in touch with a representative of the league.
Seems like a fishy problem to have in 2014…
The fight broke out in the Madrid Rio park and then spilled onto the surrounding streets. Some of the wounds reported are stab wounds.
Atletico Madrid also released a statement, saying, “The values that promotes sport should prevail over any rivalry and together we must fight against the scourge of violence.”
Madrid player Diego Godin told local media that the team had no idea what had happened, despite the possibility that the game would be postponed.