South Korean soccer fan critically injured
A South Korean fan was critically injured in post-match revelry, while celebrating his country's victory.india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 11:41 IST
A South Korean soccer fan was in critical condition on Wednesday after falling off a street sign while celebrating his country's victory over Togo in the World Cup, police said.
The case prompted police to warn revelers _ who have thronged to pubs and other public places across Australia to watch late-night live telecasts of games _ to tone it down.
The 25-year-old man, whose identity was not released, was among around 5,000 fans who flooded downtown Sydney early on Wednesday after watching South Korea bring home a 2-1 victory over Togo. The man climbed on top of a street sign, but fell heavily to the pavement, the New South Wales state police said in a statement. "The man got back to his feet and was seen to fall heavily against a wall," the statement said.
Police administered first aid to the man until an ambulance arrived and to take him to Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, where he was placed on life support.
"This incident highlights the need for people to think twice before acting up," Inspector Chris Keen said in the statement. "While we appreciate the fans' desire to celebrate and have a good time, we would encourage them to do so safely."
"Reckless behavior such as rocking vehicles, scaling buildings and bus shelters and climbing up street signs can be extremely dangerous _ that's been demonstrated by this tragic accident," Keen said.
Earlier this week, Australia's first ever World Cup victory prompted spontaneous celebrations in cities across Australia that blocked streets and other public areas.