Police say an Iraqi soccer player has been shot dead just as he was about to kick what could have been the tying goal in a weekend game south of Baghdad.
Police Maj. Muthanna Khalid says a striker from the Buhairat
amateur team was facing only the goalie during a Sunday match in
Hillah when a supporter of the rival Sinjar club shot him in the
head in the final minute of play.
Sinjar was leading 1-0 when the shooting occurred. Khalid said a
spectator was arrested.
More Iraqis are turning out for sports events now that security
is improving. Major matches in Baghdad are heavily guarded but
security in amateur games in smaller cities is often lax.