Argentina game rescheduled after shooting
The Argentine league game which was called off when a policemen
was shot during a confrontation between hooligan gangs has been
rescheduled for June 15.
The Argentine Football Association announced the date Tuesday
for the Newell’s Old Boys and San Lorenzo game, with a time yet to
Saturday’s game in Rosario was called off after a police officer
was shot by hooligans before the match began. He sustained only
Violence is common at club matches in Argentina. Three matches
have been suspended in 2011 due to violence, and 13 people have
been killed in football-related violence in just over a year in the
Two weeks ago, defending champion Estudiantes was leading 2-0 at
Huracan when Huracan fans rioted in the stands. The match was
suspended and finished behind closed doors last week with
Estudiantes winning 3-0.
The last death was March 20 when a San Lorenzo fan died after a
confrontation with police outside the Velez Sarsfield stadium.
The nonprofit group ”Let’s Save Football” says 256 people have
been killed in Argentina in football-related violence since
The AFA and its president Julio Grondona have been criticized
for doing too little to stem the violence. The AFA says the
violence is only a reflection of increased street crime in the
South American country.