Emilio Izaguirre: Ex-Celtic player injured in Honduras riot which leaves four dead
Four dead and seven seriously wounded as rioting forces postponement of league game in Honduras
Last Updated: 18/08/19 11:31pm
Former Celtic player Emilio Izaguirre was taken to hospital following deadly riots before a football match in his native Honduras.
Four people have died and at least seven were seriously wounded following the outbreak of violence outside Tegucigalpa's National Stadium ahead of the derby between Olimpia and Motagua.
Izaguirre, who left Celtic at the end of last season, was on board a bus that was attacked outside the stadium as he and his Motagua team-mates made their way to the stadium.
The full-back and team-mates Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier were later transferred to hospital with facial wounds after the windows of the team bus were shattered by a crowd throwing stones, his club said.
Honduras' National Football League suspended the game after the incident, which was expected to be attended by 20,000 spectators.
📍El Fútbol Club Motagua, no se presentará al partido contra Olimpia por los actos vandálicos que sufrió nuestro equipo por aficionados de la Ultra Fiel en su camino al estadio nacional, donde tenemos varios jugadores heridos por los vidrios. pic.twitter.com/p00xz36Adt— Fútbol Club Motagua (@MOTAGUAcom) August 18, 2019
A statement from the Ministry of Security in Honduras confirmed the bus attack and said its perpetrators wore the uniforms of the rival Olimpia team.
"We regret these situations and I call on the fans of Olimpia and other teams in the National League to avoid carrying out these acts which damage soccer," said Olimpia president Rafael Villeda.