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Gold Cup

Honduras supporters riot after ejections near end of 5-3 quarterfinal loss to Peru.

MIAMI (Saturday, February 19, 2000) -- The United States run in the Gold Cup came to a disappointing end today. Honduras exited the tournament in disgrace.

With Honduras trailing Peru 5-3 with three minutes remaining, the quarterfinal at the Orange Bowl was stopped when Honduran supporters reacted violently to the ejection of two of their teamís players.

The miscreants stormed field, ripped up seats and fought with police.

"We had a crowd that went from a calm contingency of people which turned into chaos," Miami police spokesman Delrish Moss told Associated Press.

Before storming the field, the perpetrators started heaving souvenir seat pads, plastic bottles and rocks onto the field.

About three dozen fans were led away in handcuffs and charged with disorderly conduct and aggravated battery, Moss told AP.

Fans in the lower stands were shielded by police officers from the debris being thrown, Moss said. Although several people were injured, no one was hospitalized, he said.

Referee Mario Sanchez and assistants Heinrick Mackay and Francois Clemroy exited the field and stadium with a police escort.

Peru went ahead 5-3 in the 87th minute on a goal by Waldir Saez.

The trouble started when Carlos Pavon had an apparent goal disallowed by Sanchez. Pavon kicked the ball into the stands, and was ejected. Milton Reyes protested and was also sent off.

"Sadly, it was a beautiful game with a lot of goals, but it was a sad incident that ruined everything," said Ted Howard, deputy general secretary of CONCACAF, the governing body of North America, Central America and the Caribbean which hosts the tournament.

Howard promised an investigation and disciplinary action.

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