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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Rioting Spoils Wrestling Event

The national wrestling championship disintegrated into rioting when dozens of angry fans spilled onto the mats and beat up match officials in protest at the result of a bout at Luzhniki Olympic arena.

The violence broke out at the 5,000-seat arena over Thursday's gold medal match in the 84-kilogram weight class between freestyle world champion Sazhid Sazhidov and European champion Georgy Ketoyev. It involved fans from North Ossetia and Dagestan who were furious with a decision to award victory to North Ossetia's Ketoyev over Sazhidov, from Dagestan. Organizers had to call in riot police reinforcements, who finally restored order.

The championship, which originally was scheduled to take place in Vladikavkaz, the capital of North Ossetia, was moved to Moscow after protests from Dagestani officials.