Eighty-eight hooligans involved in a deadly brawl less than a mile from Atletico Madrid’s stadium face a five-year ban from attending matches.
Francisco Romero, a 43-year-old supporter of Deportivo La Coruna, was killed in the Nov. 30 fight after being hit with a bar and thrown into a river. The clashes took place about four hours before a Spanish league match.
A government panel said in an e-mail today it proposed football authorities hand down the stadium ban and fines of 60,000 euros ($74,500) for the 88 fans.
Spanish police are trying to identify and arrest the murder suspects, a police spokesman in Madrid said by telephone. Twenty-one fans were detained and released on bail, and face public-disorder charges.
Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Dec. 2 that clubs should follow Real Madrid and Barcelona in banning violent fan groups from their stadiums. Atletico Madrid Chief Executive Officer Miguel Angel Gil said it would ban a group linked to the fighting.
Full report from the incident with many photos and videos: