Saturday 27 December 2014

England fan hit by bike in Brazil

Published 24/06/2014 | 15:22

Fans outside Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, before England's match with Costa Rica
Fans outside Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte, before England's match with Costa Rica

An England fan has been hit by a motorcycle as he crossed a street in the World Cup host city of Belo Horizonte.

The Belo Horizonte police department identified the tourist as 25-year-old Mark Fisher of Penrith, Cumbria.

A spokesman said the motorcyclist fled the scene of the accident.

Mr Fisher, who suffered several bruises and a fractured tooth, is in a local hospital where he is in stable condition.

He was in Belo Horizonte to watch England play Costa Rica.

Police in Belo Horizonte later said gunmen had opened fire on a group of men in a bar watching yesterday's match between Brazil and Cameroon.

A spokesman said nine men were wounded, four critically, but added that the gunmen belonged to a drug trafficking gang settling accounts with a rival group, and that "the shooting had nothing do with the World Cup".

He said the shooting occurred in a slum "far away" from Mineirao Stadium and the areas visited by tourists in town for the tournament.

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