Riot police were called onto the field after a massive brawl ended a match in the Argentinian third division prematurely.
Back on Friday, Deportivo Roca hosted Cipolletti – two rival clubs from the Rio Negro Province – played a Toreno Argentino match at the Estadio Maiolino when things got ugly.
Deportivo’s Fernando Fernández went down to the ground under a challenge from Cipolletti defender Marcos Lamolla. It all started innocuously, but escalated when Fernandez’s teammate shoved Lamolla to the ground and was sent off immediately by the referee.
Lamolla for some reason continued to dog the referee and he received a second yellow and was sent off himself. Fernandez then also found himself seeing red for arguing with the official.
Fair play to the referee, as he tried his hardest to gain control of the match, but he was unable to do so as things ramped out of control. Lamolla an clear across the field to fight with an opposing player headed to the dressing room, and that was that as players piled into the brawl. Drop kicks soared, punches flew, and the scene was a mess. Eventually, an ambulance was required and injured players had to be carried off the field.
Deportivo Roca manager Facundo Espinosa said after the brawl, “Both teams’ players were disgraceful, they didn’t behave like professionals. It was a disgrace and it means lots of work down the drain. I’m very bitter.”
Roca club official Guillermo Vallejos called it a “national disgrace” and was thankful that nobody was killed in the incident, saying it “could have become a tragedy.”
Let’s hope these kind of things can be quelled better in the future, but much of it rests on the players to not act like animals.