Former Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre among injured as three die during Honduras derby riot between rival fans

19 Aug

Former Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre had to be taken to hospital after being injured in a riot between rival fans in Honduras which left three dead.

Olimpia and Motagua were due to play at Tegucigalpa’s National Stadium when clashes broke out both inside and outside the ground, after a group of individuals attacked a bus carrying Motagua players.

Izaguirre was on the bus and had to be taken to hospital, along with team-mates Roberto Moreira and Jonathan Rougier, after being injured.

He later posted a picture on social media showing a dressing over his eye, which was allegedly damaged by glass.

At least 10 people are claimed to have been injured in the clashes, while three deaths were confirmed by a spokesperson for the University School Hospital.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed,” said the spokesperson. “One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition.”

Motagua blamed Olimpia’s Ultra-Faithful fan club for the riot.

“This has to be severely sanctioned by the corresponding authorities,” the club wrote on Twitter. “Reprehensible and lamentable.”

The match was suspended in the wake of the incident, with Rafael Villeda, the Olimpia president, hoping to meet with Motagua chiefs and the National Football League to decide whether the game will be played.

The 33-year-old Izaguirre initially joined Celtic from Montagua in 2010 and spent two spells either side of a 2017 stint in Saudi Arabia.

He played 252 times between 2010 and 2017 and won Scotland’s Player of the Year in his first season. He also won six Scottish Premiership titles, two Scottish Cups and two League Cups.

Celtic re-sign left-back Emilio Izaguirre on one-year contract

10 Aug

Celtic have re-signed Emilio Izaguirre on a one-year deal.

The Honduran left-back departed from the club in 2017 to join Saudi side Al-Fahya.

The left-back played 252 times for the Hoops

However, he opted to end his contract early after struggling to adapt to the country’s culture.

Now, the 32-year-old has returned to Scotland and claims to be delighted to be back at Celtic Park.

Speaking on the move, Izaguirre told Celtic TV: “We were crying when we left here.

“We were sad for one year but now I have the opportunity to come back and I’m so happy. This is my second home.”