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SBD Global/July 24, 2013/International Football

Opposing Fans Banned From Argentinian Football Games Next Season To Curb Violence

After a pregame fight between fans of Argentine first division side Boca Juniors resulted in two deaths and forced the cancelation of Boca Juniors game against San Lorenzo on Sunday, it "was reported that the game would be rescheduled for Wednesday," according to CLARIN. But both clubs' security departments have since "confirmed that the game will not be played on Wednesday." The game's makeup date has not been determined (CLARIN, 7/22). In Barcelona, Aquiles Furlone reported Argentina Security Secretary Sergio Berni announced that for the season starting Aug. 2, fans of visiting clubs will not be allowed to attend games. This measure "was instituted in June after a fan died during a game between Estudiantes and Lanús" (MUNDO DEPORTIVO, 7/23). The AP reported Argentina President Cristina Fernández indicated that Boca Juniors' leaders are responsible for what happened, and added that "Boca's leadership is a hostage of the violent hooligans and the government should be in charge of ending this scourge." Fernández: "Those that have to make decisions in this regard are also the leaders of the clubs. It is not fair. ... Justice also has to take action in this matter" (AP, 7/22).
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