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- Madrid · The Football Association · Boca Juniors · Iceland · Tyson Fury · Los Angeles · River Plate F.C. · Deontay Wilder

RIVER PLATE are re­sist­ing the de­ci­sion to move the sec­ond leg of the Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal to Madrid. ‘Ar­gen­tinian foot­ball as a whole and the Ar­gen­tinian FA can­not and should not al­low a hand­ful of vi­o­lent fans to im­pede the Su­per­cla­sico tak­ing place in our coun­try,’ read a club state­ment. Any­one who has seen the footage of the at­tack on Boca Ju­niors’ bus knows it was not a hand­ful caus­ing trou­ble. This cliché is trot­ted out ev­ery time foot­ball is blighted by vi­o­lence. It is al­ways a hand­ful, a mi­nor­ity, al­ways caveats about the ma­jor­ity, as if we should praise hu­man­ity for at­tend­ing an event with ci­vil­ity. Tyson Fury’s trainer Ben Davison fell into the trap in Los An­ge­les, com­mend­ing his man for not start­ing a riot by pub­licly crit­i­cis­ing the judges im­me­di­ately af­ter his fight with Deon­tay Wilder. He im­plied that had Fury re­acted with anger, thou­sands of his fol­low­ers would have turned nasty, too. Yet is this where we are? Laud­ing our­selves for not re­duc­ing the arena to rub­ble if our favourite doesn’t win? River Plate for­feited their right to host a Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal when their fans be­haved ap­pallingly and in­jured mem­bers of the Boca Ju­niors team. It wasn’t a hand­ful. It was a co­or­di­nated at­tack by many, and it is the club’s long­stand­ing in­dul­gence that em­pow­ered them to do it.

 ?? REUTERS ?? Street of shame: fans clash with riot po­lice in Buenos Aires last month
REUTERS Street of shame: fans clash with riot po­lice in Buenos Aires last month

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