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Massive Melee Breaks Out At Tajik Soccer Match


The fans got into the act after a brawl erupted between players from FK Energetik Dushanbe and Istaravshan FK on November 8.

The fans got into the act after a brawl erupted between players from FK Energetik Dushanbe and Istaravshan FK on November 8.

A Tajik first-league football match was suspended after players attacked a referee and each other in a match between visitors FK Energetik Dushanbe and host Istaravshan Ura-Tyube on November 8.

The match was tied 1-1 when all hell broke loose.

Event security and police seemed reluctant to get involved until pretty much everyone else was involved.

The video, shared by Pete Leonard, spiraled out of control pretty quickly as fans poured out of the stands and onto the pitch at the Pakhtakor Stadium in Proletarsk:

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