EMILIO IZAGUIRRE was injured and three people died in violent clashes between rival fans in Honduras.

The former Celtic left-back was one of 10 hurt as fights broke out inside and outside the stadium before the derby between Olimpia and Motagua.

Izaguirre and two of his team-mates were injured when stones were thrown at the Motagua team bus.

The 33-year-old international later shared an image of himself sporting a dressing on an eye wound he claimed had been caused by flying glass.

In a post on Instagram, Izaguirre said it is “painful” to think of those who died in the clashes.

The popular ex-Celt, who left the club at the end of his contract in the summer after his second stint with the champions, played down his own injuries, saying some glass went into his eye, but added it is “nothing serious” and “the danger is over”.

The fixture was postponed as a result of the ugly scenes which saw police use tear gas to tackle rioters.

“Three people died and seven were shot and stabbed. One of them is a boy. Three of the injured adults are in critical condition,” local hospital spokeswoman Laura Schoenherr told Reuters new agency which was reported on BBC.

Motagua blamed members of the Ultra-Faithful Olimpia fan club, saying: “This has to be severely sanctioned by the authorities.”

Izaguirre started his career with Motagua in 2003 before joining the Hoops in 2010. He spent seven years in Glasgow before losing his No.3 slot to rising star Kieran Tierney. He moved to Al-Fayha in Saudi Arabia, only to return to Parkhead last year for a further season.

He rejoined to his first club for a second spell earlier this month.

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