22 hurt as Real Madrid fans clash with police

18th June 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 June 2007, MADRID - Police clashed with football fans in Madrid after the city's principal soccer club, Real Madrid, won the Spanish league, an emergency services spokesman said Monday.

18 June 2007

MADRID - Police clashed with football fans in Madrid after the city's principal soccer club, Real Madrid, won the Spanish league, an emergency services spokesman said Monday.

Tens of thousands of people packed Madrid's central Cibeles Plaza around midnight Sunday to await the arrival of the Real Madrid soccer team after the side beat Mallorca 3-1 to win its 30th league title.

For the most part the celebrations were peaceful and festive with gangs of people dancing and singing in the streets and fireworks and car-horns sounding throughout the city.

Toward 2 a.m., clashes began as police in riot gear dispersed pockets of fans who had begun throwing rocks and bottles at them. Fifteen emergency units set up in and around the square treated 108 people, most for bruises and broken bones, said Diego Garcia, spokesman for Madrid's SAMUR ambulance service.

He said 22 people were taken to hospitals in the city for further treatment.

The daily El Mundo said five people were arrested but this could not be immediately confirmed.

Clashes with police and groups of Real Madrid fans are not uncommon whenever the side wins a major trophy.

Madrid had not won a league title since 2003.

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Subject: Spanish news

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