All Argentinian means of communication showed today the violence that unleashed minutes before River Plate‘s relegation to National B. Before finishing the match, the riots had already started inside and outside the Monumental Stadium. Violent fans lit fires, destroyed and sacked shops.
Those violent incidents started inside the stadium when thousands of River´s fans threw a variety of hard and sharp objects. What´s more, they even set off flares. That is why, River´s football players remained in the centre of the pitch with private security and Belgranos´s fans waited for the footballers to celebrate their victory more than two hours inside the stadium.
The riots continued outside when the fierce fans lit tyres, destroyed windows shops and everything that was in their path. Outside the police officers tried to disperse the crowd; however, the multitude threw iron bars and stones to them. The results of these riots were more than seventy casualties- including police officers, reporters and supporters- many of them still stayed in hospital.
I think that violence in sports is growing rapidly these days, especially in football matches. There is no excuse for what happened last Sunday, not even the admiration or fanaticism about a football team. In my opinion, security laws in sports events should be changed or modified as soon as possible.