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Deportivo Tachira match abandoned after fans riot over pink Breast Cancer Awareness kit

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The strip that gave South American fans yet another reason to riot (

The strip that gave South American fans yet another reason to riot (

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, Venezuelan Primera Division side Deportivo Tachira decided to swap its usual black and yellow stripes for a bright pink strip for its match against Atletico Venezuela.

Aurinegro fans, however, were incensed by their club's attempts to try and make them aware of breast cancer, and duly staged a pitch invasion which led to the postponement of the match. Paraguayan newspaper ABC Color reports:

The suspension of the game was ordered by representatives of the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) after fans refused to leave the field for 40 minutes, "to protest the pink shirts being worn in support of the fight against breast cancer, led by the Fundación Senos Ayuda".

Club officials have blamed a "tiny number of fans" who were "defending the colors of the shirt they love." The FVF is now investigating the incident, and the club has promised to refund the tickets of those who supported the cause and could not enjoy the game.

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