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Wednesday, August 25, 1999 Published at 23:42 GMT 00:42 UK

World: Middle East

Soccer violence at Arab games

Police used tear-gas to break up fighting between football supporters and players from Libya and the Palestinian territories when the two sides met in a second round match at the Arab Games in Jordan.

At least ten people needed hospital treatment, including three Palestinian players.

The trouble began after the Palestinian team equalised in injury time.

Reports say Libyan fans tore up seats and used them to attack Palestinian sections of the crowd, who retaliated.

The fighting then spread to the tunnel to the changing rooms where the Libyans are alleged to have attacked their opponents with metal bars and sticks.

It took an hour for police to regain control.

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