Thursday, May 7, 2009

Arsenal fan hangs himself after Man United victory

NAIROBI - A Kenyan fan of English football club Arsenal hanged himself after his team's defeat by Manchester United.

The north London club was beaten 3-1 in the European Champions League semi-final second leg on Tuesday evening. Suleiman Alphonso Omondi, 29, who was watching the game in a bar in Embakasi was incensed by the club's poor showing. He left at half-time after arguing with a Manchester United fan and was found hanging from a rope in his house, still dressed in an Arsenal shirt.

The unprecedented incident has shocked football fans in Kenya. According to his friends, Omondi was in good spirits at the beginning of the match and even when Arsenal conceded the first goal, he did not seem to be affected.

He was so angry that he left in a rage - Eyewitness

But things changed when the team conceded a second goal 11 minutes into the game. A woman, who sat next to him in the bar, said Omondi was so disappointed by Arsenal's poor performance that he broke down during half-time. Another eyewitness said that it was at this point that a Manchester United fan started taunting him. "Suleiman got hold of him angrily by the neck and started pressing him so hard," he said. "We quickly intervened and asked him to stop. Suleiman then stopped, but he was so angry that he left in a rage."

"We were watching the match at Bamba 70 pub, and when Arsenal was defeated, Suleiman just walked out in protest and he was crying," Calvin Otieno, one of his friends, said. "We didn't know he was going to hang himself until this morning when we received the reports and came here to find his body at the balcony," Otieno said outside the deceased's home.

His body was found on Wednesday morning.

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