Suspected hooligans from the River Plate club on Saturday threw rocks at the official Boca bus, injuring some Boca players, while earlier in the week All Boys hooligans attacked police after ugly scenes at their Floresta stadium during a match against Atlanta.
"It's very difficult in a country like this. There has been a cultural process in the last 12 years which prohibited security personnel from using force. You can't use force in Argentina. That phrase is prohibited. Our values are totally distorted", Pichetto said Sunday during an interview on the Animales Sueltos programme.
"If the French police had to deal with an event like this, they would throw real punches", the Senator representing Río Negro province said.
Pichetto took the opportunity to level broad criticism at the governments of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner, which he represented as a Senator, saying he opposed the "cultural vision of the left whereby the police cannot hit back if they are attacked, whereby police operations are always questioned".
"Argentina has gone backwards. And all of us who have been in different parts of public life must make a meaculpa and take responsibility for this. It covers all sectors of society", the Senator added.
SCANDALOUS WEEK IN FOOTBALL
Saturday's Superclásico Copa Libertadores final second leg between arch rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors was suspended, after an attack on the Boca Juniors team bus that left players affected by smoke inhalation from tear gas and injuries from shattered glass from broken windows.
A Boca official told the press that the pepper spray came from the police trying to disperse River fans, though others suggested it had been thrown at the bus.
"There was a lack of control in the last streets close to the Monumental. The police were overwhelmed by all the vandalism and had to disperse the River fans with tear gas," said the unnamed official. "Because of the wind and the broken windows, it entered the bus."