BUENOS AIRES - At least eight Boca
Juniors fans were hit by rubber bullets when police fired at
them as they fought to leave the packed visitors' terraces at
the end of their team's match at Independiente on Sunday.
Police started firing rubber bullets and throwing tear gas
canisters to force the fans to leave the Libertadores de
America stadium in the Buenos Aires suburb of Avellaneda after
the 0-0 draw in the Apertura championship match, witnesses told
Boca vice-president Juan Carlos Crespi blamed the police
for the incidents, telling reporters "I went to pick up the
wounded, this is the police's fault.
"The fans were calmly leaving (the terraces) when from
behind (police) started firing, sparking chaos. It can't be
that there was only one exit opened for almost 4,000 people."
He added: "Boca will make a complaint because police
themselves admitted to me they had made a mistake."
Before another of Sunday's matches, a high-risk derby in
which Huracan beat San Lorenzo, two men were taken to hospital
with bullet wounds, one in a leg the other an arm, the director
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