NOB-San Lorenzo rescheduled for June 15

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

be determined.

Saturday’s game in Rosario was called off after a police officer

was shot by hooligans before the match began. He sustained only

minor injuries.

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

country.

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

1924.

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.