250 people injured in Jordanian soccer match clashes

December 11, 2010 03:49


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Around 250 people were injured in Amman on Friday in clashes that broke out between fans after Jordan's largest Palestinian soccer team, Wihdat, beat a rival local team, the Jordanian Faisali, reported Reuters.

Witnesses said the violence erupted after the Palestinian team won a crucial match 1-0 against the Jordanian team, qualifying them for the domestic league.

Local police fired teargas and blocked off the stadium's exits, which set off a stampede that knocked down a large metal fence separating the crowds from the playing field.

"What we saw today was a massacre led by the gendarme forces who acted without wisdom. If they had a sense of national duty they would have protected these crowds because this is their duty and there was no rival crowd in the stadium. They instigated the trouble," Reuters quoted Tareq Khoury, the president of Wihdat, as saying.

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