Football celebrations kill four, injure 400

Hanoi, December 30:

Four people died and more than 400 were injured on the roads amid frenzied celebrations over Vietnam’s win in a regional football competition, state media reports said on Tuesday.

The streets of Vietnam’s cities filled with tens of thousands of cheering revellers late on Sunday, many waving national flags as they rode motorcycles and jammed into cars and trucks, after Vietnam won the AFF Suzuki Cup. The night-long party was mostly a raucous but good natured demonstration of national pride in the football-crazed nation but it also led to scores of traffic accidents, reported the local newspapers.

Motorcycle drag-racers hit and killed one person in Ba Ria, while three men died in two traffic accidents in Ho Chi Minh City, said the Thanh Nien daily.

Hospitals in the capital Hanoi reported at least 100 emergency cases, including three skull fractures, while more than 300 people were treated in Ho Chi Minh City and other cities nationwide, media reports said.

“Many of the patients suffered brain injuries, bone fractures and abrasions. Several of them had drunk beer or spirits,” said the Tien Phong daily. Hanoi police detained 14 people, aged between 16 and 20, for speed-racing after midnight and fined 100 more for riding without helmets, said the Vietnam News Agency, adding that one police officer was injured by fireworks.