Round 20 review: Supporter death overshadows Argentine football


Argentina’s long history with football violence claimed yet another victim at the weekend and while this may not have been directly linked to the organised ‘barra brava’ groups that have loomed over the national game, the insecurity and mob mentality displayed within Argentina’s stadia have been called into question.

A first clasico in fifteen years between city rivals Belgrano and Talleres should have provided some of the highlights from this weekend’s action with the passion, colour and noise from derby day in Argentina being hard to match.

However, despite the away supporters’ ban that is still in place, the threat of violence has not diminished and on Saturday afternoon in the Estadio Mario Kempes this led to the death of Belgrano supporter Emanuel Balbo.

The footage of Balbo falling from the stands amid a barrage of punches has made news worldwide and the details of the shocking incident are no less harrowing.

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