Thursday, 4 June 2009 12:00 AM
An England football fan has been shot in the leg during the build up to an England World Cup qualifying game against Kazakhstan. The Foreign Office said the man had been shot in the leg while in neighbouring Kyrgyzstan.
“We can confirm that a British citizen was shot in the leg in a bar in Bishkek,” a spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said.
“The British honorary consul is liaising with those involved and with the local authorities.”
The man, believed to be in his thirties, is reported to be from Rochdale, Lancashire.
The Foreign Office has confirmed the shooting took place in a local bar, but states the majority of visits to the region are peaceful.
“Most visits are trouble free. However, mugging, sometimes violent, and theft regularly occur in both cities and rural areas and foreigners are a particular target,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.
A large number of England fans have travelled to the region ahead of England’s World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.
The match his scheduled to take place in the Kazakh city of Almaty on Saturday.