German indoor brawl ends with arrests

Updated: January 7, 2012, 8:05 AM ET
Associated Press

HAMBURG, Germany -- Organizers say they have abandoned an indoor soccer tournament in Germany after the opening day finished with a mass brawl that had to be broken up by police using tear gas.

German media reported that Hamburg police made 72 arrests and that 49 people were injured, including 11 officers, after violence broke out Friday night following a 3-3 draw between second-division St. Pauli and regional league team VfB Luebeck in the Schweinske Cup.

Organizers announced on the tournament website they were scrapping the second day of the event on Saturday, saying they were "shocked and feel for all the innocent guests at our event who were injured."


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