Two people have been
killed after violence broke
out between sets of Boca
Juniors supporters prior to
a pre-season match in
Members of the Doce
hooligan group became
embroiled in a shootout
just a few hours before the friendly with San
Lorenzo was due to kick off.
Witnesses reported hearing gunshots near the
Neuvo Gasometro stadium, with two men –
believed to be 35 and 45 – confirmed dead after
the shooting. The match was suspended
following the violent clashes.
Sergio Berni, head of national security in
Argentina, insists the scenes could have been
avoided had away fans been prevented from
travelling to the game.
“It was an impressive shootout, more than 100
shots,” he told radio station La Red. “For 15 days
we were insisting that the match is played
without visiting support. Unfortunately what
happened is what we feared.
“I hope that, from what has happened, we are
aware that playing without visiting supporters is
an option. We want weekends to be a party, and
not a day of mourning.”
Violence among supporter groups is endemic in
Argentinian football. In June, a Lanus supporter
was killed after a brawl with Estudiantes fans
prompted police to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.