Football fan riots kill three as team bus destroyed in bitter Honduras derby clash

Alessio Perrone
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Football fan riots kill three as team bus destroyed in bitter Honduras derby clash

Football fan riots have killed three and injured at least 10 people in the capital of Honduras.

Fans of bitter rivals Olimpia and Motagua clashed outside National Stadium in Tegucigalpa after the bus carrying the Motagua team was attacked.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed,” said Laura Schoenherr, a spokeswoman for the state University School Hospital.

”One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition.”

Olimpia and Motagua were scheduled to square off against each other on the pitch on Saturday night.

But suspected fans of Olimpia intercepted and vandalised the bus transporting Motagua players.

Motagua blamed the Ultra Fiel fan group, which supports Olimpia, for the attack, and said in a tweet that the group “attacked our team bus while on its way to the national stadium, and various of our players were injured by the glass [shards].

“This has to be severely sanctioned by the corresponding authorities," it said in a statement.

The club also tweeted footage purporting to show players in blue uniforms standing in the still-moving bus beside smashed windows and a glass bottle rolling on a seat. “A rock! A rock! There! There!” someone shouts as a siren blares.