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Monday, 29 July, 2002, 12:01 GMT 13:01 UK
Criticism after Zimbabwe football deaths

A prominent advocate for constitutional reform in Zimbabwe, Lovemore Madhuku, has criticised the police for firing on rioting football fans after a match in the city of Bulawayo on Sunday.

Two football fans were shot during the incident - one is reported to be in a critical condition.

Professor Madhuku said police responded to the situation with what he described as impunity.

He said the heavy-handed response reflected the current political tensions in Zimbabwe.

Seven police were also injured and five vehicles badly damaged.

The violence broke out when players of the local team disputed a refereeing decision.

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