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Soccer Star Lizarazu Hospitalized

December 25, 2000

CHAMONIX, France (AP) _ French soccer star Bixente Lizarazu was hospitalized Sunday after a ski accident in the French Alps.

The World Cup player temporarily lost consciousness after falling on a ski slope near Chamonix and was transported to a hospital with facial injuries. His condition was not serious, but he was being kept overnight for observation.

Earlier this month, French police said they started an inquiry into a threatening letter allegedly from Basque separatist group ETA that was sent to Lizarazu.

Security around the French international, who also plays for Germany’s Bayern Munich, was then tightened, and the National Anti-Terrorist Division of the French police has started an investigation.

The letter was received by Lizarazu’s parents, who live in the southwestern town of Hendaye in France’s Basque country.

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