Jordan to probe violence following football match on Friday

Gov't committee to investigate violence at a match in Amman, which left 250 injured
FOOTBALL VIOLENCE: Violence erupted on Friday after Jordans largest Palestinian football club beat a rival local team (Getty Images)
FOOTBALL VIOLENCE: Violence erupted on Friday after Jordans largest Palestinian football club beat a rival local team (Getty Images)
Shane McGinley
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Sun 12 Dec 2010 11:12 AM

The Jordanian government has established a formal committee to investigate clashes between fans and police at a football match in Amman on Friday, which left around 250 people injured.

Violence erupted on Friday after Jordan's largest Palestinian football club beat a rival local team.

Matches between the rival teams have a long history of violence and witnesses said trouble erupted after the Palestinian Wihdat team won a crucial match against the Jordanian Faisali team to qualify them for the domestic league.

Riot police fired teargas and sealed off the stadium's exits, triggering a stampede in which a large metal fence separating the crowds from the playing field collapsed, witnesses said.

"What we saw today was a massacre led by the gendarme forces who acted without wisdom. If they had a sense of national duty they would have protected these crowds because this is their duty and there was no rival crowd in the stadium. They instigated the trouble," said Tareq Khoury, the president of Wihdat.

Deputy Prime Minister Ayman Safadi and official spokesman Ayman Safadi told the state news agency Petra the authorities intervened to restore order after bottle throwing from inside the stadium.

On Saturday, Safadi said a comprehensive investigation was launched into the reasons behind the events.

“The government will follow on the outcome of the probe and will take all required legal procedures against those who violated the law and triggered such regrettable events,” he told Petra.

Of those injured, 150 people went to hospitals, eleven of whom were admitted for treatment. Among those injured were 25 Gendarmerie, police, and civil defense personnel, Safadi said, adding that eleven police civil defense vehicles suffered damage in addition to private cars during the regrettable events.

(Additional reporting by Reuters)

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