Violent fans are hardly unique to Argentina, but the frequency and lethal severity of the incidents there make the situation worse than most. As part of a campaign against this behavior, the Leo Messi Foundation has released a video of the Argentina captain crying intercut with clips of violence in stadiums.
The video concludes with the message "no one wins — let's make together a world without violence." If the image of tears running down the normally smiling face of Lionel Messi doesn't make people change their ways, then nothing will.
As a side note: I would be shocked if no one has switched out the violent imagery with clips of Cristiano Ronaldo scoring goals and uploaded it to YouTube yet.
Video via 101gg
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