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England Football Fan “Shot Over Chanting” before World Cup Qualifier

4/6/2009
An England fan has been shot and wounded during an incident in a Kazakhstan bar just days ahead of the two national sides’ World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

The fan, in his 30s and from Rochdale, Lancashire, was shot in the leg in a bar in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan after a local man seemingly took exception to his and his friends’ chanting.

This morning’s Sun newspaper reported that a local had asked the group of England fans to quiet down and stop chanting, but when they ignored his request and continued he became violent and shot the injured man in the thigh with a pistol.

The paper also stated that following the shooting, which reportedly happened last Tuesday, the man has now discharged himself from hospital after the bullet was removed and has rejoined friends ahead of the game on Saturday.

A spokesman from the Foreign Office said: “We can confirm that a British citizen was shot in the leg in a bar in Bishek. The British local council is liaising with those involved and with the local authorities.”

England currently sit top of their qualifying group on 15 points having won all five of their opening games, while Kazakhstan are second-from-bottom with just one win and three points from five games. The last time the two sides met in October, England crushed their opponents 5-1 at Wembley after a goalless first-half.
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