A mob of Protestant soccer fans beat a Catholic man to death last night in Northern Ireland, the Belfast Telegraph reports. After a victory by Scotland’s Glasgow Rangers, as many as 70 fans drove to the Catholic section of the town of Coleraine, where they “literally attacked the first person they came across,” a witness tells the AP.
Kevin McDaid, a 49-year-old father of four, was beaten on his doorstep as he tried to defend a neighbor from the mob, his son tells the Telegraph. “The people that did this are just thugs and animals. I hope they are caught,” he said. A local legislator condemned the violence as “raw sectarian hatred.”