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More brawling betwen rival River Plate fans leads to eight arrests

More brawling betwen rival River Plate fans leads to eight arrests

Rival soccer gangs brawled only blocks from River Plate's Monumental stadium Wednesday, hours before the Argentine club played a midweek match in a season marred by the shooting death of a River fan.
Fighting involving about 20 so-called "barrabravas" _ or soccer hooligans _ broke out beside a busy highway just outside the city limits and spilled into a supermarket parking lot, police and local reports said. Authorities reported eight arrests and several minor injuries.
The brawling preceded a 4-2 River Plate victory over crosstown rival Estudiantes at Monumental, where hundreds of police clamped tight security on fans and no incidents were reported.
More than 800 police patrolled the stadium and nearby neighborhoods as River played at home for the first time in the five-week-old Apertura season.
Police forensic experts later scoured the scene of the riot, examining blood stains in the parking lot as a judge opened an investigation. The fighting comes after a series of incidents of fan violence beleaguering River Plate, which is still reeling from the Aug. 9 shooting death of a River barrabrava.
Although no suspect has been identified in the death of Gonzalo Acro, local reports said rival bands within River's fan base have been battling for supremacy.
The barrabravas are common at most first-division clubs, but critics have called for greater scrutiny and policing to stamp out frequent but sporadic incidents of fan violence.
Despite the incidents and criticism, club officials have resisted calls to resign.
"Logically we are concerned about this. That this should happen so close to our stadium is very painful for us," River executive Domingo Diaz said on television.


Updated : 2021-03-05 15:38 GMT+08:00