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Stadium evacuation as bomb threat delays Huracán-River Plate match

Less than an hour before the scheduled kick-off time, police moved all spectators outside the structure. A federal police bomb squad inspected the stadium and determined the threat was not real.

Monday 29 January, 2018
The River Plate team bus waits ahead of kickoff on Sunday while officials secure the Huracán stadium in response to a bomb threat.
The River Plate team bus waits ahead of kickoff on Sunday while officials secure the Huracán stadium in response to a bomb threat. Foto:Twitter: Pasión Monumental (@pmonumental)

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A bomb threat caused police and stadium officials to temporarily remove all fans and personnel from Huracán's stadium ahead of its Sunday night clash with River Plate.

A bomb squad from the federal police eventually cleared the stadium, the fans and clubs re-entered, and the game kicked off with a 75-minute delay.

"Because of a bomb threat, the Security Committee has ordered a precautionary evacuation of the Huracán stadium." the official River Plate Twitter account said at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Neither team had entered the stadium when the bomb threat was announced. Both team buses idled a few blocks away from the stadium, and the team of referees sheltered in a police squad car. Crowds of fans milled about in the street, awaiting the all-clear.

The threat originated with three 911 calls coming from somewhere in Buenos Aires Province, according to Clarín.

Huracán defeated River Plate, 1-0.

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