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Argentine football caught by its wills


Plate river supporter in Monumental, November 25.
Plate river supporter at Monumental, November 25. ALEJANDRO PAGNI / AFP

Argentina's football is dragging an ugly crime. What was his party turning fiasco? The Libertadores Copa final (which is equivalent to the Champions League in South America) between River Plate and Boca Juniors, the two most popular clubs in the country, has been postponed following violent incidents that have shaped the Pre-game, Saturday, November 24. It's played on neutral land, outside Argentina, December 8 or 9, the Confederation of South America football (Conmebol) decided. As a symbol of all madness, and all drifts, which surround Argentine football.

This final opted for the first time Buenos Aires's enemy brothers, 69 titles in the league between them. Sociological and sporting competition On the one hand, River Plate, the Nunez rich club club, in 1901, won the Libertadores Cup winner three times. On the other hand, Boca Juniors, located in the popular La Boca area, established in 1905 and the continental trophy raised six times.

Between both, passionate aroma and visual hate. And be careful of one in a family that would bring a boyfriend or girlfriend to the competitiveness collected. "This meeting is an opportunity to show the maturity of our country"says Mauricio Macri, president of the Argentinian Republic, but also headmaster of the Boca Juniors club between 1995 and 2007.

"We should have arrived in the air, we hit hell"

After the first leg match (2-2), the supporters of both clubs were waiting for the result of this double conflicts with disadvantage and excitement. "The first leg was beautiful, the weather around the meeting was astonishingly surprising, but Argentina's salmon remembered us", I'm sorry for Nicolas Cougot, the main editor of the site Opened skilfullyspecializing in South America football.

The sign of the wait caused by this meeting, 60,000 Boca Juniors fans had decorated the Bombonera legendary poem to attend the final training of their protégés. River fans, they did not weigh, during the first leg, to wait for hours in rain before delaying the game overnight due to heavy rainfall. Almost two thousand applications for media accreditation were presented worldwide and the time the meeting was broadcast, in Europe in particular, predicted recording audiences.

The conflict will not have occurred, the blame bravas bars Afon Plate. They attacked the Boca players bus on the journey to the Monumental stadium with stones and tear gas, causing injury to captain Pablo Pérez, who was brought to hospital. Two team friends were injured by ice freezers and many players were damaged by tear gas. "We should have arrived in the air, we are hitting hell. In the image of what is happening in Argentina at the moment"disappointed Delio Onnis, a former Italian-Argentine former assault and top scorer in the history of the French championship, who is struggling to express "Ashamed" Feeling ahead of these events.

Mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, directly connected to the events with the leader's search bar brava River held the day before the meeting and during the seizure of 10 million pesos (229 000 euros) and 300 tickets for the final there. "Yes bar brava is the problem, a mafia that installs football for over fifty years, said Horacio Sunday Rodriguez Larreta during a press conference, in comments reported by Argentina every day Clarin. They are responsible for these events. It is connected directly to the appointee of the day before. Three hundred people were prevented from going to the stadium and they were the main composers of everything that happened. "

Gangrened by the "bars"

"Argentina's football is beautiful on the field, but it's absolutely gangrenous outside these Barras, non-ultras – – it's important to emphasize – – but there are many members of criminal organizations that control drug trading, weapons, resale tickets, etc. ", explains Nicolas Cougot. "This is the only country in the world where we play games without enemy supporters. And despite this, there is still violence", is able to Delio Onnis, who believes these events will indicate a turning point "Things will never be the same yet. Football itself will be going to improve, but people will no longer want to go to the stadium. They will not forget".

This game, which was to be an exhibition of Argentine football is open to the world, but confirms its disorders, in a country where king's sport is sometimes a question of life or death – 93 people were killed during the last decade. Is it damaged to persistently with this violence? "Yes Barras be familiar with a number of club leaders, up to the highest levels, so that the home has not done. And it's probably never going to be done because it's the ones that make and break the guards, I'm sorry for Nicolas Cougot. When we have Barras With you, it's easier to run the club. Some have tried to oppose it and have not necessarily come to an end very well … Argentina's football is also in the light of its society, crossing with violence, pollution and special interests. "

Analysis shared by Delio Onnis. The old attacker finds it difficult to collect "No light of hope" which would allow a country to go out of the doldrums. "At the moment, Argentina is that. We bring everything back to politics, we're angry with everyone, his father, his sister, his brother … The situation we're living catastrophic BarrasI'm very pessimistic, the cleaning will not be done, The continues Reims scorer and AS Monaco. No matter where and when, he will not watch the second leg. "The evil is deep" and Argentina's football could take time to recover.

Maxime Goldbaum

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