Shock at player brawls in Argentine friendlies


BUENOS AIRES: Mass on-pitch brawls between players in supposedly “friendly” matches between top Argentine football teams have driven the government to vow to end soccer violence. Long used to match-day violence involving hooligan gangs, Argentine fans saw ugly rucks erupt on the pitch itself at two recent high-profile friendlies. Argentina’s new President Mauricio Macri, himself a fan and former chairman of top team Boca Juniors, responded by vowing to crack down on soccer violence.


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