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Socceroos fan burned by flare at Federation Square World Cup party reveals friend almost lost an eye

Socceroos fans have revealed the horrific injuries caused by flares thrown into Federation Square by reckless supporters during the World Cup, including a young man who was hit in the eye.

Around 15,000 people gathered in central Melbourne on Sunday morning to watch Australia take on Argentina in the round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup.

The Socceroos would eventually lose the game 2-1 to the South American heavyweights and things began to spiral out of control as Australia trailed by two clean sheets.

Socceroos Fans Watch Australia V Argentina During The Fifa World Cup Sunday At Melbourne'S Federation Square As Multiple Flares Were Fired And Thrown Into The Crowd

Socceroos fans watch Australia v Argentina during the FIFA World Cup Sunday at Melbourne’s Federation Square as multiple flares were fired and thrown into the crowd

Melbourne Socceroos Fan Sam Rogan Shows The Burns He Suffered When He Was Hit By A Wayward Flare In Federation Square

Melbourne Socceroos Fan Sam Rogan Shows The Burns He Suffered When He Was Hit By A Wayward Flare In Federation Square

Melbourne Socceroos fan Sam Rogan shows the burns he suffered when he was hit by a wayward flare in Federation Square

19-year-old Sam Rogan from Melbourne spoke to Today about being hit in the arm by a flare in the chaos and his desperate search through the smoke and crowd to find his mate who had been hit in the eye.

He was hit in the arm by a flare and suffered third-degree burns that will take three months to recover.

“It’s a little tender, lying on it and bumping it is a little painful, but we’re here now and we’re alive. It could have been a lot worse so I’m just thankful it’s just my arm,” he said Tuesday morning.

They’re like a thousand degrees when they burn. If it hits someone, they deal damage

Socceroos fan Sam Rogan

“Australia kicks a goal and we all celebrate having fun, then all of a sudden a flare comes from behind and lands on my arm. Then like fire on my arm.

“I run through the smoke, realize my arm is burned, look down, then I can’t see through the flare smoke.

“I was looking for my mates… I was just screaming for water, my arm hurt so much. After finding out how serious it was, they did well to take me to the doctor’s office and catch up with my mate who had hit my eye.

Thankfully, both fans will make a full recovery from their injuries.

‘He’s home now, he’s resting. His recovery schedule is a bit longer than mine because the eye is such a delicate part of the body,’ said Sam.

“I’ve got a bandage on it now, they said I’ll be in here for another two or three weeks. I have to stay out of the sun for three months, which is not ideal with summer just around the corner.’

Sam said the event started to spiral out of control after Argentina’s second goal, when flares were thrown and fireworks set off in the tightly packed crowd for the first time.

“It was pretty crazy. When we lost two-nil, you could see that tempers started to drop. Bottles and cans and glass and flares were thrown,’ he said.

‘There were even fireworks on a stage that was set off much too low. People ducked, it was just crazy.

“There were a few policemen outside, maybe 10 or 15, but once you get inside those gates there are only 15,000 people and not a policeman in sight.”

Fans Started To Get Unruly In Federation Square As Argentina Scored Their Second Goal To Go 2-0 Up In The Knockout World Cup Tie

Fans Started To Get Unruly In Federation Square As Argentina Scored Their Second Goal To Go 2-0 Up In The Knockout World Cup Tie

Fans started to get unruly in Federation Square as Argentina scored their second goal to go 2-0 up in the knockout World Cup tie

Sam has urged football supporters to think more carefully about using flares at live events in the future, especially when they are thrown into crowds of people.

“Listen, if things change, I might be back at Fed Square. If 15,000 people go there and torches and stuff. I don’t know if you’ll see me there,’ he said.

“Flares are kind of part of football culture, I understand that. But when there’s a massive amount of flares that you can see in the video and people start throwing them, things get out of hand.

Rogan Has Asked Fans To Pay More Attention And Think About How Dangerous Flares Can Be When Thrown Into A Crowd Of People

Rogan Has Asked Fans To Pay More Attention And Think About How Dangerous Flares Can Be When Thrown Into A Crowd Of People

Rogan has asked fans to pay more attention and think about how dangerous flares can be when thrown into a crowd of people

“You really just want to think before you do what you do. I know that many more people have been injured than me.

“Like, they’re about 1000 degrees when they burn. If it hits someone, they deal damage.

“It’s kind of stupid to start throwing it and being reckless with it. If you bring a torch, be safe with it and be careful and respect those around you who are trying to enjoy the game.”

The flare incident was just one of many chaotic scenes across the country in which football fans were injured as thousands of live viewing venues poured into capital cities across Australia.

An Argentine man has been hospitalized in Brisbane after being hit by a milk crate, while a woman lost much of her hair after being hit by a flare in Sydney.

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