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Korean Fan Nearly Dies Celebrating

  • The Age, Thursday, June 15, 2006 3:15 PM
A South Korean fan is in critical condition at a Sydney hospital after falling from a street sign during World Cup celebrations. The 25-year-old man was one of about 5,000 South Korean fans in Sydney who were celebrating their country's 2-1 victory over Togo on Tuesday. He fell after climbing a street sign at the intersection of George and Liverpool streets, and was immediately rushed off to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he spent the day on life support in critical condition. A spokeswoman for the hospital said his condition had improved overnight, and he was now in a serious but stable condition. Every four years you hear stories like this, but you expect them to be about English, German or Argentine fans being wounded while celebrating. This just illustrates the breadth of World Cup fever; you hardly expect to hear this kind of thing from the South Koreans. "While we appreciate the fan's desire to celebrate and have a good time, we would encourage them to do it safely," the Chief Inspector said after the accident.

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