Football fan killed in Lisbon

A BRITON was stabbed to death in Lisbon early today after England's victory over Croatia in the Euro 2004 tournament.Portuguese police said a Ukrainian man was being held in connection with the killing, which is believed to have happened during an attempted robbery.

A BRITON was stabbed to death in Lisbon early today after England's victory over Croatia in the Euro 2004 tournament.

Portuguese police said a Ukrainian man was being held in connection with the killing, which is believed to have happened during an attempted robbery.

The Foreign Office in London confirmed that a British man had been killed but was unable to give any further information.

The stabbing happened at around 4am in Rossio Square in the Portuguese capital, police spokeswoman Isabel Canelas said.

She said the suspect was likely to appear in court later today charged with causing death by stabbing.

The injured fan was taken to Lisbon's Sao Joseph Hospital after the stabbing but died from his injuries.

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Ms Canelas said: "At that time in the morning there is not much nightlife in Rossio and we are investigating what the situation was."

Earlier reports suggested a Croatian man had been arrested over the attack. But police sources later confirmed that the man was from the Ukraine, which has not got a team in the tournament.

The sources stressed that the incident was not thought to be football-related.

Meanwhile, investigations are continuing today after a 22 year-old-man was hit on the head by a flying bottle during a disturbance outside an Ipswich town centre pub.

Ipswich police received a report that a group of twenty was causing a disturbance outside Yates' pub in Tower Street yesterday at about 10pm, about twenty minutes after the end of an England v Croatia win in the Euro 2004 tournament.

A spokeswoman for Ipswich police said: "Someone was hit by a flying bottle, a 22 year old male received a slight cut to the back of the head.

"When police arrived the crowd dispersed."

The spokeswoman said the disturbance was the only football-related incident in the county last night.

She said: "Generally there were few incidents that could be related to football and there were no arrests in the county."

Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident outside Yates'. Anyone with any information should contact Pc Jon Driver on 01473 613500 or phone Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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