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Korean soccer fan in critical condition in Sydney hospital

June 16th, 2006 . by Matt

This accident happened very close to my home.

A South Korean man was critically ill in an Australian hospital on Wednesday after falling off a road sign while celebrating his team’s World Cup win, police said as they warned fans against “foolhardy behaviour”.

With World Cup fever gripping Australia, about 5,000 fans including Brazilians, Croatians and Koreans as well as Australians gathered in Sydney by 1 a.m. (1500 GMT Tuesday) to watch matches on a huge screen near the city’s harbour.

Police said an unidentified 25-year-old South Korean fan climbed up a road sign amid wild celebrations after watching his team fight back to win their opening finals match 2-1 over Togo.

They said the man fell heavily to the pavement and collapsed against a wall as he tried to get to his feet.

He was given emergency treatment at the scene before he was taken to hospital, where he remains on life support, police said.

Apparently Korean students and working holiday visa holders were also blocking the traffic like they did in 2002, creating a safety hazard. I am betting that the climber also had plenty of soju in his system too.

4 Responses to “Korean soccer fan in critical condition in Sydney hospital”

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    By the way ,Congratulations.Australia won the game.
    I was thinking of how I could cheer you upーーーーWell,cheer me up.(^_^;)

  2. comment number 2 by: sqz


  3. comment number 3 by: tomato

    I thought the Aussies would sing Matilda instead of “Advance Australia Fair” in the World Cup, like they do in the rugby games. I also like Matilda better.

    The swagman stole the jumbuck, but at least he admitted that he had stolen someone else’s property…

  4. comment number 4 by: georgyporgy


    The name of the game is “football.” That’s global standard.


    At least, they know what they do, and they believe they won’t be sent to hospital.