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7 injured in scuffles before Romania-Hungary match

September 6, 2013

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Scuffles have broken out ahead of a World Cup qualifier between Romania and Hungary on Friday with police reporting seven injuries before the match started.

Police said Hungarian supporters threw bottles, smoke bombs and fire crackers, and caused damage to restaurants and bars in a tourist area of the city. They said five supporters and two police officers were injured.

Medical emergency service spokesman Bogdan Oprita said three Hungarians were hospitalized with head injuries.

Media reported that riot police used tear gas and batons to quell the violence.

There was a heavy police presence in Bucharest with riot police and a line of buses waiting for supporters outside the main railway station.

Some 1,900 police were present for the match. After scuffles at the stadium, police kept supporters apart.

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