Two dead, over 100 injured in Spanish World Cup celebrations
Two people died and over 100 people were injured in Spain in the celebrations that followed the country's first ever World Cup win, local officials said today.world Updated: Jul 12, 2010 19:40 IST
Two people died and over 100 people were injured in Spain in the celebrations that followed the country's first ever World Cup win, local officials said today.
In Algesiras in southwestern Spain a man died last night after falling from a veranda, said a spokeswoman for the representative of Spain's central government in Cadiz.
"He was watching the match with friends. After Spain scored, they realized that he was no longer with them and they found him on the ground after falling from the balcony," she said.
Another death occurred in Herguijuela in the western province of Extremadura when a member of a group of people who dived into a municipal swimming pool to celebrate Spain's win drowned, a local government spokesman said.
Over 100 people were injured, including 74 in second-city Barcelona, in disturbances near the site of giant outdoor screens that broadcast the match.
Twenty-one people required hospital care in Barcelona and another 21 were arrested, local police said in a statement.
About 50 people required care in Valencia for injuries or because they had consumed too much alcohol.
Injuries were also reported in the separatist-minded Basque Country where three people were arrested for assaulting supporters of the Spanish national team, local police said.