A Deportivo La Coruña supporter has died after he was injured when dozens of rival fans clashed near the stadium before the club’s La Liga match at Atlético Madrid on Sunday.
The 43-year-old fan had to be fished out of the freezing Manzanares river near Atlético’s Vicente Calderón stadium and suffered cardiac arrest, hypothermia and head injuries, emergency services said.
Hospital sources later said he had died shortly after 2:00 PM local time after failing to respond to efforts to revive him. Eleven other people were treated for mostly minor injuries, including one female police officer with a fractured hand.
Atlético and Spain’s professional football league (LFP) condemned the troublemakers and the LFP said it had wanted to suspend the game.
Spanish media reported they had been unable to do so as it had not been possible to contact the Spanish football federation in time.
“I want to say that this has nothing to do with football,” Atlético president Enrique Cerezo said in an interview with Spanish television after champions Atlético won the match 2-0.
“These are radical groups who meet up and these are the consequences,” Cerezo added. “I repeat that neither Atlético nor Deportivo have anything to do with these incidents, they are organised by radical groups who have their histories and their accounts to settle.”