Fan dies after being hit by rubber bullet in Polish soccer riot
Riot police are on standby during rioting that erupted at a Polish league football match in the southern town of Knurow, Poland, on Saturday, May 2, 2015. (AP / Dawid Markysz)
The Associated Press
Published Sunday, May 3, 2015 11:25AM EDT
WARSAW, Poland -- A man died after being hit by a rubber bullet and 14 police officers were injured in clashes that erupted Saturday during a Polish league football match in the south of the country.
Supporters of the local Concordia Knurow team stormed onto the pitch during the first half against Ruch Radzionkow, with the home team trailing 4-1.
A 27-year-old man was struck by a rubber bullet on the neck when police fired at the attackers. More rioting broke out around the hospital, where the man was pronounced dead.
Tomasz Pitsch, deputy director of the Knurow hospital, said "We are shaken by the fighting we witnessed," which included stones and molotov cocktails. "You can see the marks on the hospital walls."
Fourteen riot police sustained burns and bruises -- none life-threatening -- according to regional police spokesman Andrzej Gaska.
An autopsy of the victim is planned for Monday as prosecutors begin an investigation into the circumstances of his death. A separate probe was opened Sunday into the rioting near the hospital.