Paraguayan hooligans attack Argentine fans in Libertadores Cup

Buenos Aires, April 13 (IANS) Paraguayan hooligans attacked several Argentine football fans who were being treated in a hospital in Paraguay’s capital Asuncion for cuts and scrapes sustained during a regional tournament match.

The incident occurred Thursday following a Libertadores Cup game between Paraguayan team Olimpia and Argentine team Newell’s, during which rocks and stones hailed on Newell’s fans, reports Xinhua.

Local media reports Friday said about a dozen hooligans “armed with sticks and knives” burst into Asuncion’s Emergency Medical Center Thursday night and attacked the Argentine fans, sending them running through the hospital hallways looking for cover.

The sole guard on duty was unable to control the situation, until police arrived at the scene several minutes later and arrested three of the hooligans, including a 19-year-old.

Olimpia defeated Newell’s 4-1 at Asuncion’s Defensores del Chaco Stadium, moving into the lead of Group 7 of the Libertadores Cup.

Both teams have qualified to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament.

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