4 killed during Colombia's celebration of soccer title

ABS-CBN Sports on Jul 29, 2016 08:35 AM
4 killed during Colombia's celebration of soccer title
Fans of Colombia's Atletico Nacional cheer for their team as fireworks light up the sky before Copa Libertadores final match against Ecuador's Independiente del Valle in Medellin, Colombia, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Colombia's celebration of victory in the South American club soccer championship was marred by violence, with four fans killed in a night of boisterous revelry.

Authorities said they registered more than 600 street fights after Medellin's Atletico Nacional scored a 1-0 defeat of Independiente del Valle of Ecuador in Wednesday night's Copa Libertadores final.

It was Nacional's second-ever title in the tournament and the first by a Colombian team since 2004.

One of those killed was wearing the shirt of a rival Medellin club when he was slashed in the neck with a knife. There were also reports that mobs of Nacional fans attacked adversaries in Bogota.

Police said at least 23 people were injured and more than 100 arrested.

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