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Depor fan dies after violence

Atletico Madrid climbed above Barcelona into second in La Liga thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday in a match overshadowed by the death of a Deportivo fan in violent clashes near the stadium.

A 43-year-old supporter of the Galician club, who was not identified by name, had to be fished out of the freezing Manzanares river near Atletico's Calderon stadium after dozens of rival fans battled in the streets a few hours before kickoff.

He suffered cardiac arrest, hypothermia and head injuries and hospital sources later said he had died yesterday afternoon after failing to respond to efforts to revive him.

Atletico defender Diego Godin said the troublemakers outside the ground "do not represent football or any team".

"This curse must be eradicated from football," he said. "The Atletico and Depor fans do not deserve to have their image damaged by a few."