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SPORTS | 22-11-2018 18:11

All Boys stadium closed after violent clashes leave 16 police officers injured

Buenos Aires City Security Secretary Marcelo D'Alessandro announced the decision on Thursday, hours after a 3-2 home defeat against Atlanta sparked violence by barrabravas.

Club Atlético All Boys' stadium has been closed after 16 policemen and three fans were injured in violent clashes during a match hosted by the Primera B Metropolitana side.

Buenos Aires City Security Secretary Marcelo D'Alessandro announced the decision on Thursday, hours after a 3-2 home defeat against Atlanta sparked violence by the club's hooligan faction, or barrabravas.

D'Alessandro told Radio La Red that All Boys fans and directors were involved in the clashes. Dozens of supporters were filmed throwing metal and wooden items at police at the Islas Malvinas stadium, as police officers tried to escape in their patrol cars.

Images of the clashes were filmed by neighbours who live in nearest high-rise apartment buildings.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) condemned the violence and said the club may face disciplinary action.

Wednesday's match at the Floresta based club was not open to visiting fans, but Atlanta supporters entered the stadium.

"It makes us very sad that a game ends like this. They are unintelligible, and many times we have asked for visiting fans to return to the stadiums. But when these things happen, we have to agree with the measures that have been taken," said Pepe Castro, the coach of Atlanta, in an interview with Channel TN.

Visiting fans have been barred from attending matches in Argentina since 2013 because of fan violence.

The barrabrava faction of All Boys supporters is considered to be one of the more violent hooligan groups associated with Argentine football.

- TIMES/AP/AFP

 

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