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Deportivo fan dies after violent clashes before Atletico game

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Deportivo fan dies after violent clashes before Atletico game

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Deportivo supporter Francisco Romero has died following violent clashes between rival fans ahead of Sunday’s La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and La Coruna on Sunday.

The 43-year-old had to be fished out of the freezing Manzanares river near Atlético’s Vicente Calderón stadium and suffered cardiac arrest and hypothermia.

According to reports, the brawls, which involved the Frente Atletico and the Riazor Blues ultras groups, started at around 8.40am, three hours and 20 minutes before kick-off.

Spanish authorities revealed twenty people were taken into custody following the incident and a total of 100 hooligans had been identified.