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Monday, June 27, 2011

FOOTBALL MADNESS: Violence, riots break out as River Plate relegated!

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Associated Press, Updated: June 27, 2011 13:47 IST / NDTV.

Buenos Aires: 
Leading club River Plate was relegated to the Argentine second division for the first time in its 110-year history on Sunday, sparking ugly riots between police and fans with dozens injured inside and outside Monumental stadium. (Pics)

The relegation came after a 1-1 draw with Belgrano in the second leg after Belgrano had won the first leg 2-0 at home.

Violence broke a minute before the match was over. Angry fans pelted players with objects thrown from the stands and police replied with high-powered fire hoses with some fans climbing restraining fences topped with razor wire.

As fans were pounded with jets of water, River Plate's players huddled on the pitch, many in tears, including goalkeeper Juan Pablo Carrizo.

The mayhem quickly spread outside River's 50,000-seat stadium. Alberto Crescenti, head of emergency medical services, said at least 55 people had been injured.

Nilda Garre, the minister for security, said 35 police were injured.

"Fortunately, none have their lives at risk," the Argentine news agency DyN reported her saying.

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