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Three people die and former Celtic footballer Emilio Izaguirre among 10 injured in Honduras riots

Emilio Izaguirre was injured in the clashes. Picture by Motagua Football Club

THREE people have been killed in rioting between fans of rival football clubs in Honduras with another 10 injured including former Celtic player Emilio Izaguirre.

Violence erupted in the Honduran capital, Tegucigalpa ahead of a planned game between the Motagua and Olimpia clubs on Saturday evening.

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.

Crowds threw stones at the team bus, injuring three players with shards of broken glass.

Fighting continued both inside and outside National Stadium after officials cancelled the game.

The Motagua club tweeted pictures of the damage inside the bus after the attack, and of the wounded players being treated in hospital.

Izaguirre and team-mates Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier were treated for facial wounds after the windows of the team bus were shattered by a crowd throwing stones, his club said.

Honduran national Izaguirre later shared an image of himself with a dressing over his eye.

He said glass had damaged his eye, adding that it was "painful" to think of those who died in the clashes.

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