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Argentine Soccer Fans Rob Pope’s Rival Team in Locker Room

April 18, 2013

Supporters of Argentine soccer club Huracan, the sixth largest in terms of fans in the country, entered the team’s locker room today after practice and beat up and robbed some players and destroyed a few of their cars.

An estimated 150 Huracan fans, some of them hooded, entered the locker at the team’s stadium south of Buenos Aires, known for being the site of a chase scene in “The Secret in Their Eyes,” an Argentine movie that won an Oscar in 2010 for best foreign picture. They stole watches, mobile telephones and money from the players, the club’s president told C5N, a local television channel.

Buenos Aires-based Huracan, which was eliminated from an Argentine soccer tournament yesterday after losing on penalties against Mendoza-based Godoy Cruz, is the only one of the country’s largest teams playing in the lower-level second division. Huracan’s top crosstown rival is San Lorenzo, among the country’s largest teams, whose most famous supporter is Pope Francis.

“This is outrageous,” former club director Lucio Di Matteo said in a telephone interview from Buenos Aires. “This incident intensifies the crisis that began in 1986 when the team was sent to the second division for the very first time.”

Of the remaining four large teams, Boca, Independiente, Racing and River, only Boca and Independiente haven’t been relegated to play in the second division.

Alejandro Nadur, president of Huracan, said the players will report the incident to the police in an interview broadcasted by C5N. TN said on its website Huracan’s coach and several players are considering whether to continue with the team.

Huracan hasn’t won a championship since 1973.

To contact the reporter on this story: Pablo Gonzalez in Buenos Aires at pgonzalez49@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Attwood at jattwood3@bloomberg.net


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