Superclasico halted after Boca Juniors fans pepper-spray River Plate players at halftime


The state of Argentine soccer is…well, not much different than it’s been for a number of decades.

Thursday’s edition of the Superclasico, one of the world’s most heated rivalries, between Boca Juniors and River Plate was abandoned after Boca supporters attacked River players with pepper spray while they were returning to the field after halftime.

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The game was 0-0 at halftime, but with the River players in such visible pain following the attack, the game could not be concluded. Matters were made worse when the Boca fans continued to compromise and infiltrate the inflatable tunnel through which the players enter and exit the field, the same one in which the pepper spray was released.

With no safe passage by which to leave the field, River players were stranded at midfield for more than an hour after the incident occurred. Below is the moment a fan, who had cut into the tunnel, released the pepper spray with River players inside, as determined by Fox Deportes.

An hour and 14 minutes after the attack, the game, the second leg of the sides’ Copa Libertadores round of 16 tie, was abandoned.