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Bloodsport

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On this day in 1956, a water polo match between Hungary and the Soviet Union became a bloody grudge match in the wake of an unsuccessful Hungarian uprising against the USSR, which was in a politically dominant position over the other country. Blows were exchanged between players from the start and an angry crowd (overwhelmingly supportive of the Hungarians) erupted from the stands and had to be controlled by the police, and the match stopped with a minute left to play. Hungary was declared the winner, having been well ahead, and went on to win gold over Yugoslavia.

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