MADRID courts have sentenced a teenage football hooligan to six years in a juvenile detention centre after it was proven that he served a deadly stomach blow to a rival fan who was beaten and thrown into a freezing river.
Eighteen-year-old Alvaro C.G was one of 200 rioters who, carrying knives and metal bars, ran amok in the Spanish capital before a match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo de la Coruña in November 2014.
During the rampage, Francisco Romero, also known as “Jimmy”, was beaten by the radical fans who proceeded to push the father-of-one into the city´s Manzanares River, close to Atletico Madrid´s iconic Vicente Calderon stadium.
Weakened from injuries sustained during his beating, Mr Romero, aged 41, struggled to stay alive in the icy water but was pulled out by rescue services and taken to a hospital where he later died from head and stomach wounds.
At a juvenile court hearing, the teen was charged with homicide, carrying illegal weapons and taking part in a brawl after those in attendance heard how he had used a baton to hit the victim in the stomach.
As well as the six year jail term, Alvaro C.G will also be put on probation for two years on his release.