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Last Updated: Thursday, 9 September, 2004, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
Jordanian suffers football fury
Khaled Sallam of Jordan (L) vies with Iran's Hossein Kabi (R) during their World Cup 2006 qualifying football match in Amman
Both Jordan and Iran are struggling to qualify
A Jordanian football fan fainted, then went berserk in a public square, when his team lost to Iran in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

When Iran scored first, Muhammad Mansi, of Zarqa, lost consciousness and had to be revived by fellow fans.

After Iran's second goal, he vented his anger by smashing the wide-screen TV that people had gathered to watch.

The coffee shop owner who owned the TV did not report him to the police after customers helped paid for the damage.

About 100 people had gathered to watch the game in the industrial town, north of Amman, the official Jordanian news agency Petra reports.

Mr Mansi also smashed and set fire to chairs that the cafe-owner had put out in the square for people to sit and watch the match.

Jordan lost the tie, played at home in Group 1 of the Asian qualifying stage, by two goals to nil.


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