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Spain arrests 17 more people in football fan fight

18 December 2014, 18:30

Barcelona - Spanish police on Thursday arrested 17 more members of radical football groups who allegedly participated in a massive street brawl that left one man dead before a match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo La Coruna last month.

Police say the 17 people were arrested in the northwestern region of Galicia, home to Deportivo. Police say all 17 were associated with the "ultra" group "Riazor Blues," which supports Deportivo.

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Police had already arrested 21 men on Nov. 30, the day the fight broke out near the Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid.

On Tuesday, police made 37 arrests in Madrid, Avila and Toledo, including two men accused of killing 43-year-old Deportivo fan Francisco Javier Romero Taboada. Those arrests came from radical groups associated with fans of Atletico, including "Atletico Front."

Romero died from injuries sustained in the fight that raged along the banks of Madrid's Manzanares River, which left another 11 with minor injuries, including one police officer.

Amateur video of the clash published by Spanish media showed a person believed to be Romero being pushed off the riverbank wall and into the Manzanares River by attackers. He was rescued by emergency services and taken to hospital, where he died hours later.

- AP


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