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Unruly Soccer Fans Arrested

November 12, 2001

Unruly fans celebrating Mexico's victory in a soccer match Sunday tossed rocks and bottles and smashed store windows in Huntington Park before being dispersed by police, authorities said. Four people were arrested.

The melee began around noon when about 1,000 soccer fans streamed into the city's central business district to celebrate Mexico's 3-0 win over Honduras, qualifying the team for the World Cup soccer finals, said Lt. Steve Peeler of the Huntington Park Police Department.

Although the celebration had been anticipated, Huntington Park officers were soon outnumbered as fans took over the street, he said. Officers from Bell, Bell Gardens, Downey, Vernon, Maywood, South Gate, Montebello, Whittier and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene, he said.

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