Los Andes victory over Brown de Adrogue in the Nacional B on Saturday was not without incident but after a ten minute delay for near riots in the stands, it was the a head-height, studs first challenge that stole the headlines.
An internal barra brava dispute caused the officials to halt the game only fifteen minutes in as police needed to move in and use rubber bullets on two large factions fighting in the stands.
Eventually play got back underway and soon after Brown were reduced to ten men when Martín Minadevino plunged his boot into the face of Gustavo Turraca. Despite the player’s inexplicable protests, referee Bruno Bocca went straight for the red card as Turraca received treatment on the gash along his jaw line.
With the numerical advantage Fabricio Lenci headed two goals from corners to give Los Andes victory and the news after full-time reported that police had arrested 117 members of the barra involved in the earlier violent scenes.