BUENOS AIRES - A 17-year-old player from a
third-division Uruguayan club died of knife wounds after being
attacked outside a stadium at the weekend.
Violence also marred a first division match in Venezuela,
where sporting passion is more commonly associated with
A teenage player for third division Cerro, who was suspended
and not involved in Saturday's match against Palomar, was knifed
when an enraged man attacked several people leaving the stadium
in the northern department of Salto, 500 km (310 miles) from
He died on Sunday night and the 31-year-old man, who had
been involved in fighting between groups of rival fans, was
arrested, Salto police told Reuters on Monday. A fan was in
serious condition with knife wounds.
It was the second football-related death this month in
Uruguay. A fan died of gunshot wounds early this month after
incidents at an amateur second division match in Canelones close
to the capital.
A fan of first division Cerro in Montevideo died following
an attack by Penarol fans after a match at the Centenario four
years ago. Two years ago a Nacional fan died after incidents
following a match against Defensor Sporting.
In the top flight Apertura championship, Nacional extended
their unbeaten run under coach Juan Ramon Carrasco with a 2-1
win over Danubio despite having two players sent off and climbed
into joint second place.
Centre-back Gonzalo Godoy was dismissed for a second booking
in the 66th minute with Nacional already 2-0 up and midfielder
Robert Flores followed him off for a foul in the 80th, three
minutes after defender Damian Malrrechaufe had pulled one back
Defensor Sporting beat champions Penarol 1-0 to open a
four-point lead with two matches to go and could be crowned next
weekend - when they are at home to Nacional.
One of the season's best matches, in which champions Caracas
FC were held 2-2 by 10-man Deportivo Petare at the Olympic
stadium in the capital, was marred at the end by fighting
between home fans and police.
Fans broke seats, threw bottles and set off fireworks while
police reacted with force, according to media reports.
Petare played the last 19 minutes a man short after
goalkeeper Alan Liebeskind was sent off for bringing down Luis
With three substitutions already made, defender Andres
Sanchez went in goal. He saved Dario Figueroa's penalty but
Josef Martinez netted the rebound to make the score 1-1.
Caracas went ahead through Cabezas but Petare equalised with
a controversial penalty five minutes from time converted by
Evelio Hernandez, his second goal of the match, which sparked
the violence in the stands.
"The referee scored the equaliser," an angry Figueroa was
quoted by local media as saying.
There were problems in Real Esppor's visit to Carabobo where
the match, which ended 0-0, was played behind closed doors after
the home side's fans had caused trouble the previous weekend.
Fans of Carabobo turned up outside the stadium looking for a
fight, causing the match kick-off to be delayed by 35 minutes.
Leon de Huanuco will meet Universidad de San Martin in the
championship final after securing top place in Group B with two
games to spare. Huanuco beat Melgar 2-1 away with two goals from
Colombian Luis Perea.
Leaders LDU Quito were looking for at least a draw against
El Nacional on Monday night to be crowned winners of the
championship's second phase with a match to spare.
Universidad Catolica won their derby against Universidad de
Chile 4-2 to catch champions Colo Colo at the top of the
standings with two matches to go. The defeat put "La U" out of
the title race.
Joint leaders Bolivar and Oriente Petrolero go into next
weekend's final round of matches in the Clausura with a
two-point advantage over Aurora.
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