Soccer Mob Beats Catholic to Death in N. Ireland

Protestant fans were celebrating a victory
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2009 2:31 PM CDT
Flowers mark the scene of last night's violence in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – 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.”
(Read more Northern Ireland stories.)