FIFA President Gianni Infantino has expressed concern over recent violence in Argentine football after a league game was suspended following clashes that resulted in the death of a fan. Police fired tear gas outside the stadium during a match between Gimnasia La Plata and Boca Juniors on October 6, which drifted into the stadium, making it difficult for spectators to breathe and forcing people to leave in a state of panic.
“Although I have a deep admiration for South American football, I must also express my concern regarding some of the incidents that have occurred recently, such as the violence during an Argentine league game, Gimnasia-Boca,” Infantino said. during an online summit organized by the Ole de Buenos Aires newspaper. “We have to make sure that such incidents are avoided so that our sport is not tainted.
“Football should be pure passion, joy and fun. What happened is far from embodying the true values of football.” The rescheduled match between Gimnasia La Plata and Boca Juniors will be played later on Thursday.
Infantino also traveled to Jakarta this week to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo after a stampede at a stadium this month killed more than 130 people. The deadly stampede after a league game in the city of Malang on October 1 was blamed on police firing tear gas into the stadium, a crowd control measure banned by FIFA.
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