15 arrested in Atletico-Deportivo fan clash

Jun 18, 2015, 08:06 IST | IANS

Madrid: Spanish police arrested 15 people on Wednesday for their alleged involvement in a brawl between football fans of Deportivo de La Coruna and Atletico Madrid November 30, 2014 near the Vicente Calderon Stadium here, which resulted in the death of one fan.

Investigative officials said the 15 arrests took place on Wednesday morning, 12 of which occurred in Madrid, two in Toledo and one in Valencia, reports Efe.

Two of the detainees stand accused of murder, according to the same officials, who stressed that the third of four investigation phases is still going on.

Hours before the start of the Atletico-Deportivo La Liga match, a 200-person brawl broke out, which lead to the death of Deportivo fan Francisco Javier Romero, also known as Jimmy. He suffered a heart attack after being pulled out from the Manzanares River, in to which he fell or was thrown during the clashes, while 11 other people were injured.

The match went on as scheduled and Atletico won 2-0 despite the events outside the stadium.

Following the incident, police arrested 82 people in two phases; four were held on charges of being involved in Jimmy's murder, however the competent judge in Madrid ordered their release last May for lack of evidence.

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