Four injured in clashes after Georgia-Turkey match

Four Georgian fans were injured in clashes with Turkish supporters after Turkey's 5-2 win against Georgia in a World Cup qualifier, medical officials said Thursday.

The Georgian fans started hurling projectiles onto the pitch in the second half. At the end, they started a fight with the visiting Turkish fans, prompting the Georgian police to send riot officers to break up the rival supporters, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said.

None of the Turkish fans were injured, but three Georgians suffered head wounds when the local supporters threw stones at the visitors' stand but ended up hitting their own camp. A fourth Georgian, a 20-year-old man, received a knife wound.

"Yesterday, they brought in four supporters. Three of them had light injuries and we sent them home after offering treatment. The fourth one is still in hospital," said the head of the city's hospital No. 9, Anzor Tsinzadze, adding that the patient's life was not in danger.

Turkey won a key victory against Georgia in the Tbilisi match, giving the 2002 World Cup semifinalist 12 points in seven games. Fatih Tekke scored two goals and set up another.

Associated Press

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