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Amputee match descends into brawl

ESPN staff
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The chaos was captured by Belgian news channel VTM Nieuws.

An amputee football match between Holland and Belgium ended in a 20-man brawl in Antwerp on Saturday.

Both teams field one-legged players on crutches - except the goalkeepers who are missing an arm - and with the scores at 3-3 in the first meeting between the sides, a fight broke out among players and spectators after one of the Dutch players hauled an opponent to the ground.

Despite the ugly scenes, Belgian player Marnix Huys said he felt the game went well.

"I felt we were doing well," he said. "A couple of beginner's mistakes, but all in all we had reason to be happy.

"It was a pleasant match with a few incidents that should not have happened, but other than that things went well."

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