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Nine Hurt as Baseball Fans Riot in South Korea

August 28, 1990

Hundreds of baseball fans in Seoul, South Korea, stormed onto a field to protest their team's performance and hurled broken bottles, trash cans, rocks and burning chairs in a rampage that left nine people hospitalized.

President Roh Tae-woo ordered an investigation into the incident. The prosecutor general's office said six men were being held by police for questioning. One of the injured was hit in the abdomen by shards of glass and was hospitalized in serious condition, police said.

The rampage began three hours into a game between two professional teams, the Haitai Tigers and the Lucky Group Twins. The Twins were leading, 10-0, in the bottom of the seventh when the trouble started.

Witnesses said the riot was ignited when supporters for the losing team felt they were being cheated.

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