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La Liga: Atletico Madrid hit out at 'scum' following the death of Deportivo fan

A picture taken on November 30, 2014 shows a tribute to a football fan who died following clashes near Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium, before t
Image: A tribute to a Deportivo fan who died following clashes near Atletico Madrid's Vicente Calderon stadium

Atletico Madrid CEO Angel Gil Marin has labelled those involved in the death of a Deportivo fan as 'scum with no place in football'.

A 43-year-old man died in hospital from a heart attack after he was dragged from a river suffering from hypothermia and head injuries

The Deportivo supporter, identified only as "Jimmy" by the club, was discovered amid clashes before the La Liga match in the Spanish capital on Sunday.

I just hope that they identify those responsible so they can’t repeat actions as regrettable as these.
Atletico CEO Angel Gil Martin

Dozens of rival fans from hardcore 'ultras' groups fought near Atletico's stadium, throwing firecrackers, chairs and sticks.

Eleven other people were treated for injuries, including a female police officer with a fractured hand.

Police say 24 people were arrested - and they all belong to radical fan groups from the two clubs, as well as from Madrid-based sides Rayo Vallecano and Alcorcon.

Disgusting

Gil Marin said on Atletico’s website: "It's disgusting, that scum has no place in football. I just hope that they identify those responsible so they can’t repeat actions as regrettable as these.

"This is a social issue linked to political thoughts because hooligans of Rayo are coupled with hooligans of Deportivo to fight with hooligans of Atlético de Madrid.

“That is not football, it has nothing to do with it. It is a disgrace and it is regrettable. We will listen to the police and the administration and assess what measures can be taken beyond those which have already been taken, which are many.

"If someone is able to identify who did it, please come forward, because it is very important that those responsible end up in jail. On the other hand, everyone in football should unite to try to avoid repeating these misfortunes."

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