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Argentina bans fans from games

Policemen outside San Lorenzo stadium after two fans were killed.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)

fans gone wild

FANS GONE WILD

Some people just can't enjoy a game without getting involved.

In an attempt to lessen the violence surrounding Argentine soccer, the season starts this weekend with only club members allowed to enter stadiums and watch home games.

The rules will be in force for the first two weekends. After that, the plan calls for a continued ban on visiting fans from attending the matches.

Almost every match in Argentina's top leagues is threatened with violence. Last month, two Boca Juniors fans were killed in a shootout between rival factions of hooligan gangs that support the famous Buenos Aires club. The violence took place at a preseason match scheduled against San Lorenzo.

The Argentine Football Association, with the backing of the government, came up with the plan. The AFA has been blamed for doing little to stem the violence.

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