A few violent acts marred World Cup viewing in San José during Costa Rica’s heartbreaking loss to Holland Saturday. Three people ended up being stabbed at the popular site in Plaza de la Democracia where more than 1,000 fans had gathered to watch the quarterfinal match on a big screen.
During extra time dozens of police made a human barrier around the front of the stage, where three bodies lay. Medics and Cruz Roja workers attended to the wounded and carted one off into an ambulance. Two were said to be stabbed from a knife while another was injured by a glass bottle. All three appear to be in stable condition.
Eight persons in the area were detained as a result of the stabbings and obstructing justice, according to a Fuerza Pública report. Police are still investigating motives for the stabbings that took place in the middle of the crowd.
One 59-year-old man, identified as Bernal Marín Delgado, was killed in Santa Ana after being stabbed around 5 p.m. Saturday night. Police caught a suspect fleeing on a motorcycle nearby after he crashed into a pole and suffered a severe head wound.
The dispute developed because the man’s motorcycle struck a dog.
Around 3,500 police were on duty during Saturday’s game, said the report.