The riot occurred in the first game of the Solomon Cup between Honiara and Malaita. When the referee refused to award a goal to Malaita in the second half, supporters invaded the ground and destroyed the Solomon Islands Football Federation building. Mr Marshall said there were large numbers of police at the ground but they were outnumbered.
“Police officers were outnumbered at the scene, and when a RSIPF fire engine arrived on the location it then came under attack from rock throwing offenders,” he said. “The fire truck was forced to retreat and a fire officer was struck by a rock. “Three other police officers were injured by people throwing rocks, though fortunately their injuries were not serious and they did not require hospitalisation.”
Marshall said the crowd of over a thousand people moved through the China Town area and one retail premises was forcibly entered and a large amount of merchandise was stolen. A number of cars, including a police vehicle, were stoned and subsequently damaged.
Football riot in Solomons – south-pacific – world | Stuff.co.nz
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