Over 250 Injured in Riots Following Football Game

[11-12-2010 12:00 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - Over 250 fans were injured in riots that erupted following a football match between Al Wehdat and Al Faisali teams Friday evening.

Gendarmerie forces intervened to break out the riots that erupted at King Abdullah Stadium in Quweismeh, southern Amman.

A stampede of fans attempting to exit the stadium following the game led to the collapse of a metal fence separating fans from the playing field.

A security source told 'Ammon News' that fans exited the stadium and rioted in the adjacent streets, vandalizing cars parked next to the stadium.

Eye witnesses added that riots extended from Quweismeh district to Al Ashrafiyeh, where Al Bashir state-run hospital admitted a large number of injured fans.

Over 100 people were already admitted Friday evening into Al Bashir Hospital, a Civil Defense Directorate (CDD) source told Ammon News.

Other injuries were admitted into Al Totunji Hospital and Al Hussein Medical City.

A CDD source told Ammon News earlier that 7 people were injured when the fence collapsed during the stampede.

Unofficial sources reported that a child may have been killed during the riots, yet official sources denied the reports.

A source at the Public Security Directorate (PSD) told Ammon News that fans started throwing rocks and empty bottles, causing chaos on the field, which led the Gendarmerie forces to intervene to contain the situation.

A fellow journalist noted that Gendarmerie forces used forced to contain the situation. He told Ammon News over the phone that preventative security forces arrested him and physically hit him for attempting to take photos of the injured fans. He was taken to a the police station and later released.

Rioters in Quweismeh attacked police cars and were seen throwing rocks and rioting in the streets.


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