Probe opened into death of soccer fan after Athletic match

Investigation to be launched after 28-year-old man dies, possibly from impact of a police rubber bullet

A woman leaves flowers on the sport where Iñigo Cabacas was injured.
A woman leaves flowers on the sport where Iñigo Cabacas was injured.LUIS TEJIDO (EFE)

An investigation is to be launched following the death of a 28-year-old man in the clashes that followed last week's Europa League match between Athletic and Schalke 04 in Bilbao, regional interior chief Rodolfo Ares confirmed on Monday.

Iñigo Cabacas was injured in disturbances between soccer fans and the Ertzaintza, the Basque police force, after the game last Thursday. He died in hospital on Monday from head injuries sustained during the confrontations near San Mamés stadium. The regional interior department said that evening the Ertzaintza received several calls reporting an injured man in the area. When the police arrived at the scene they became the target of bottles and other objects, prompting them to charge the crowd.

Doctors at the Basurto hospital could not confirm the cause of Cabacas' injuries, but it is believed he was either struck by a rubber bullet fired by the Ertzaintza or fatally injured in the melee. A post mortem is due to take place to confirm the cause of death.

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