March 09, 2008

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A brawl between fans at a soccer game between two hometown rivals left at least 80 people wounded in the Colombian city of Cali late Saturday, 10 of them seriously, a Red Cross official said.

Clashes broke out between backers of Deportivo Cali and America de Cali in the 82nd minute of the match and spread onto the field and around the Pascual Guerrero stadium.

Brawlers lit flares and police fired tear gas to try to control the crowds.

At least 80 people were injured, including three officers who were wounded by members of America's "Red Baron" fan club, the Red Cross said.

Several people who had stab wounds were treated on the pitch and then taken to a hospital. A young pregnant woman was among the wounded, Red Cross director Alfonso Vargas told Colombian broadcasters.

The violence erupted after America protested referee Wilman Roldan's decision not to call a penalty kick against Cali. Players traded blows and America coach Diego Edison Umana also got into the fray, punching Cali counterpart Daniel Carreno.

The chaos led Roldan to whistle an early end to the match, which Deportivo won 1-0 on defender Freddy Hurtado's goal.

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