Soccer Brawl at Nepal-Malaysia Game
Jun. 20, 1999
HONG KONG (AP) _ Nepalese soccer fans surged on the field and fought with Malaysian players during an Olympic qualifier Sunday, leaving several players injured and one hospitalized.
Officials who tried to stop the violence were also attacked by fans, and the game was called off with two minutes left.
The condition of those injured was not immediately known, officials said.
The violence flared when Nepalese fans swarmed the field at Hong Kong Stadium after Nepal's Anil Subba tied the score in the 88th minute.
One of the fans grabbed the ball and refused to give it to the Malaysian players. Dozens of other Nepalese fans then jumped onto the field, triggering wild scenes as they fought with the Malaysian players.
The game, an Asian Group 6 soccer qualifier for next year's Olympics, was abandoned as officials pondered what to do.
The tournament also includes teams from Japan, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
The Japanese led the group after the first round, having won all four of its games. The second round begins Saturday in Tokyo.