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Violence suspends Argentine match

Goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olave from Argentine soccer club Belgrano lies on the pitch after being hit by a flare
Belgrano's goalkeeper Juan Carlos Olaveon lies on the field after being hit by a flare.
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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP)

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

An Argentine first-division match was suspended Wednesday after explosive devices were thrown near players on the field.

Belgrano was winning the game against Independiente 1-0 before the game was suspended after the end of the first half.

The devices seemed to be thrown from the Independiente fan section in a match that was played at Independiente's stadium in Buenos Aires.

Referee Saul Laverni said it was ''impossible to continue'' without the threat of injuries. No injuries were immediately reported.

Almost every football match in Argentina is marred by some violence, which the clubs, police and the Argentine Football Association say they are powerless to stop. The AFA says is it simply an outgrowth of street violence in the South American country.

Elsewhere, All Boys and Colon Santa Fe shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Juan
Rodriguez scoring seconds into the second half for All Boys to cancel out
Sebastian Prediger's 32nd minute opener.

River Plate played out a goalless draw away to Atletico Rafaela.


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