Soccer fan faces jail over stabbing

by AP on May 14, 2011

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A Colombian football fan who stabbed a rival supporter to death during a battle between opposing hooligan groups has received a 33-year prison sentence.

The sentence by a Bogota court on Friday is the most severe punishment handed down for hooligan violence in Colombia.

Miguel Angel Osorio was accused of stabbing Jeider Johan Fonseca during a brawl in a Bogota cafe between rival groups from the Santa Fe and Millionarios clubs in September 2009.

Although Osorio was tried under existing statutes, the sentence coincides with the recent approval of a "football law" that cracks down on violence linked to the sport.

Brawls between hooligan groups are common in Colombia, often taking place far from stadiums and even when there is no match being played.