Three dead, former Celtic star Izaguirre injured in violent clashes between rival fans in Honduras
Izaguirre, 33, was among three players to be injured as stones were thrown at the Motagua team bus outside of the stadium in Tegucigalpa. The player later shared an image of his with a bandage over his eye, explaining that he had received injuries as a result of broken glass but that they were "nothing serious" and that the "danger is over".Also on rt.com 'Bogus': Real Madrid fans in shock as Luka Modric issued first-ever straight red card (VIDEO)
He also expressed his sorrow for the fans who lost their lives in the clashes. Izaguirre's Motagua teammates Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier also required hospital treatment after the clashes.
Police used tear gas to separate rioting fans before the fixture was canceled amid an escalation in the violence, which saw seven people suffering injuries from knives and gunfire. One of the dead was reported to be a child.
Fans die in Honduras classic Olimpia vs Motagua. The bars of both teams caused chaos that ended with stampede, clashes and madness that ended the lives of several fans.— Corelion, LLC (@corelionnews) August 18, 2019
📍El Fútbol Club Motagua, no se presentará al partido contra Olimpia por los actos vandálicos que sufrió nuestro equipo por aficionados de la Ultra Fiel en su camino al estadio nacional, donde tenemos varios jugadores heridos por los vidrios. pic.twitter.com/p00xz36Adt— Fútbol Club Motagua (@MOTAGUAcom) August 18, 2019
😡 Reprochable y lamentable— Fútbol Club Motagua (@MOTAGUAcom) August 18, 2019
📍 La barra Ulta Fiel, atacó el bus de nuestro equipo cuando iba en camino al estadio nacional y varios de nuestros jugadores fueron herido por los vidrios, esto tiene que ser sancionado duramente por las autoridades correspondientes pic.twitter.com/VuaE1gQvUB
"Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition," a local hospital spokesperson told Reuters.
Motagua called for harsh penalties to be levied against Olimpia, blaming a hardcore element of their support as being the cause of the disturbance.Also on rt.com Lionel Messi set to win UEFA Men's Player of the Year as results leak online
"This has to be severely sanctioned by the authorities," the club said.
Izaguirre won seven Scottish Premiership titles during his two spells with Celtic, as well as 106 caps for the Honduras national team. He was the unanimous choice for Scotland's player of the year in 2010.