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FIFA World Cup celebrations turn violent in parts of Kerala

Dec 19, 2022 05:22 PM IST

Police said three people received stab wounds after an altercation between Argentina and Brazil fans in which one person was seriously injured and is admitted to the hospital

Three people were stabbed in Kerala’s Kannur after an altercation between two groups Sunday night, whereas, three cops were injured in Kochi, police said following the night-long celebrations that turned violent in many parts of the state on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday as the fans celebrated Argentina’s glorious win against France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Argentine fans line up outside Thrissur restaurant for free Biryani (HT Photo)
Argentine fans line up outside Thrissur restaurant for free Biryani (HT Photo)

The celebration events turned into hooliganism in different parts of the state, police said adding, strict action will be taken against troublemakers.

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Police said three people received stab wounds after an altercation between Argentina and Brazil fans in which one person was seriously injured and is admitted to the hospital.

Six persons were arrested in connection with the incident, said police.

In another, three police personnel were injured in Kochi’s Kaloor after they tried to control a victory procession on bikes by a group of Argentine fans who were allegedly drunk.

20 persons were arrested in connection with the incident and their vehicles were seized, police said.

In Thiruvananthapuram, a sub-inspector was injured when he tried to control victory celebrations in Pozhiyoor. Police has detained five people in connection with the incident.

In Kollam, an 18-year-old youth collapsed and died during a victory celebration.

In many areas, people celebrated Argentina’s win by distributing free food and sweets. In Thrissur, a hotel owner distributed 1,500 plates of free chicken biryani. “It is a small gift to living legend Messi. He lived up to the occasion,” said hotel owner P Shaji.

In what became a sleepless night, the teeming soccer fans came out on the streets in large numbers and burst crackers, played trumpets and distributed sweets to celebrate Argentina’s win. Streets turned blue as fans donned Argentine jerseys screaming “Vamos (let’s go) Argentina, Vasmos Messi.”

In many places, celebrations went on till the break of dawn.

Seeing the enthusiasm and celebrations, Argentina football association lauded Kerala, India and neighbouring countries for their wholehearted support. “Thank you Bangladesh, Thank you Kerala, India, Pakistan. Your support was wonderful,” it wrote on Twitter.

Moreover, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan also congratulated the winning team. “The game’s beauty was seen in its most glorious expressions throughout the tournament. Congratulations to Argentina and Messi on winning the title,” he wrote on Twitter.

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