The violence broke out inside and close to town’s Nationwide Stadium forward of a scheduled match between the Olimpia and Motagua golf equipment.
The violence is believed to have began when Olimpia supporters attacked the Motagua staff bus with stones and sticks. “Bottles, stones have been thrown at us and the gamers threw themselves on the ground screaming,” Diego Vásquez, Motagua coach, instructed Honduran media.
Three Motagua gamers — Emilio Izaguirre, Jonathan Rougier, and Roberto Moreira — have been injured by shards of damaged glass and transferred to a personal hospital to obtain medical help, based on the staff’s social media.
The Honduran Nationwide Police stated that followers of the rival groups rioted following the assault on the bus. “Followers of each groups staged a confrontation on the outskirts of the stadium, so that they (police) proceeded with using deterrent means,” police stated, including that tear gasoline was used.
Laura Schoenherr, a spokeswoman for town’s Hospital Escuela Universitario, confirmed that quite a few followers have been injured within the incident. “Three folks died and 7 have been shot and stabbed. One in every of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in crucial situation,” she instructed Reuters.
Police additionally carried out emergency procedures contained in the stadium, shifting round 10,000 followers to the middle of the pitch in a bid to halt attendees from stampeding in direction of the exit and being caught up in tear gasoline exterior the stadium.
The Nationwide Soccer League of Honduras subsequently canceled the sport, which 20,000 followers had been anticipated to attend.
“This needs to be severely sanctioned by the corresponding authorities,” Motagua membership wrote on Twitter. “Reprehensible and lamentable,” it added in one other.
Rafael Villeda, president of Olympia, instructed Honduran media that the violence was “unlucky” and stated he would meet with the management of Motagua and the Nationwide League to resolve on the way forward for the match.
Saturday’s clashes weren’t the primary time that violence has damaged out between Motagua and Olimpia followers. In 2009, a brawl between supporters left two useless and greater than 15 injured. In 2016 one other confrontation precipitated one demise.
Olimpia and Motagua are the 2 most profitable soccer groups in Honduras, and their rivalry is seen as the largest within the nation.
CNN’s Matthew Robinson contributed to this report.