Tear Gas Interrupts Argentinian Superclasico

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River Plate Vs. Boca Juniors Match Suspended After Tear Gas Attack

Funes Mori attempts to wash off tear gas

Photo by Alejandro Pagini/AFP/Getty Images

In a stunning development, the Copa Libertadores round of 16 match between River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be suspended last night after the fans tossed some kind of liquid irritant, presumed to be tear gas, onto players. River Plate was entering the field after halftime of the 0-0 match when fans sprayed some chemical through the makeshift tunnel that was being used. It left multiple players with blurred vision and burning skin.

River Plates player Leonardo Ponzio described the feeling as, “My whole body hurts.”

After the initial attack, River Plate players had to wait almost an hour in the middle of the field for police to secure their exit from the stadium.

River Plates and Boca Juniors are the two largest clubs in Argentina and represent the country’s biggest domestic rivalry as the teams and their fans are divided among ethnic and socioeconomic lines as well as soccer. So fan violence is nothing new to these matches, and heavily armed police are a mainstay at the stadiums when these teams match up for league play. It is unclear when the match will be rescheduled as the two teams had played three times in 12 days.

For a better idea of the scene that unfolded and the heated rivalry, watch below.

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