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Deportivo La Coruna mourns fan killed in street clash with Atletico Madrid supporters

A couple stop to look at words painted on the ground by the Manzanarez river near where a 43-year-old Deportivo fan was killed, Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. The man died and 11 others suffered minor injuries after a fight broke out across the river from Atletico de Madrid's soccer stadium between its fans and those of visiting team Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Madrid's Clinico San Carlos hospital said a man died of injuries sustained in the clash between rival fans that broke out hours before the game near the Vicente Calderon stadium and had to be removed from the river. Police made several arrests. Writing in Spanish reads: 'Here, Francisco J. Romero was murdered. I will never forget or Forgive' (AP Photo/Paul White)

A couple stop to look at words painted on the ground by the Manzanarez river near where a 43-year-old Deportivo fan was killed, Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. The man died and 11 others suffered minor injuries after a fight broke out across the river from Atletico de Madrid's soccer stadium between its fans and those of visiting team Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday. Madrid's Clinico San Carlos hospital said a man died of injuries sustained in the clash between rival fans that broke out hours before the game near the Vicente Calderon stadium and had to be removed from the river. Police made several arrests. Writing in Spanish reads: 'Here, Francisco J. Romero was murdered. I will never forget or Forgive' (AP Photo/Paul White)  (The Associated Press)

Deportivo La Coruna's players have held a minute's silence for a fan who died in a street clash with Atletico Madrid supporters before their Spanish league match.

Deportivo's players stopped practice Monday morning and formed a ring on the center circle of the practice field.

The club says the players "held a minute of silence as a sign of mourning and rejection" of the violence that led to the death of a 43-year-old man it identified as Francisco Javier Romero Taboada.

The fatal fight has been condemned by both clubs and Spain's sports authorities.

The fight broke out Sunday morning near Atletico's Vicente Calderon Stadium when groups of men battled along the banks of the Manzanares River.