The tragedy of La Puerta 12

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The Superclasico between River Plate and Boca Juniors is a fixture in the world football calendar that’s steeped in history, one that halts all activity in Buenos Aires but also captures the imagination of football fans around the globe. It has witnessed some of the game’s greats take part on either side: Alfredo Di Stefano, Diego Maradona, Enzo Francescoli, Juan Roman Riquelme and Gabriel Batistuta to name just a handful and is credited with being one of the most incredible spectacles in sport.

The intense rivalry between the supporters has been particularly evident in recent weeks with the attack on River Plate’s players during their Copa Libertadores clash but the fixture was also witness to the worst stadium disaster in Argentine football history in 1968.

A goalless draw between the two great rivals in a season where neither were crowned champions of Argentina would ordinarily be a result that would be reserved only for the statisticians and their record books, but June 23rd 1968 is still a significant date in Superclasico history. Nearly 50 years after the event there is still a great deal of ambiguity and resulting anger over the event that left 71 people dead and another 150 injured.

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