River Plate Fans Riot Following Club’s Relegation (Video)
River Plate has one of the most decorated histories in Argentine football, but following a 1-1 draw against Belgrano de Córdoba, they will now add something entirely new to their club’s history; their first ever relegation to the Nacional B, the country’s second division.
After losing the first leg of their two-legged relegation playoff 2-0, River Plate needed a convincing victory on Sunday, but they would fall well short of that goal, managing only a draw. That resulted in their relegation to Argentina’s second division, causing fans to hurl objects at the players. Police responded by turning the fire hoses on the rowdy fans.
The violence then spilled outside Monumental Stadium, as the Argentine people did their best to show Vancouver citizens how real hooligans riot. Fearing the worst, nearly 2,200 police were deployed to control what was expected to be a rowdy crowd, but despite their greatest efforts, the River Plate fans were still able to light bins and vehicles on fire and loot stores in downtown Buenos Aires. Police responded by firing rubber bullets and tear gas at those causing the chaos. In the end at least 55 people, including 35 officers, were injured in the madness.
Here is a look at what transpired following the game.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]