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DTotD: River Plate fans invade pitch, get pushy with own players

Brooks Peck
Dirty Tackle

Their team down 2-0 in the first leg of its playoff against second division champions Belgrano and staring a once unthinkable relegation in the face (if it had a face), River Plate fans snapped. Their club has more Argentine Primera Division titles (33) than any other and since violence seems to be the natural reaction to anything even tangentially related to football there, they handled their grief by attacking the players during the match.

A group of fans slipped through a hole in the massive fence that was supposed to protect the participants from the spectators and shoved and taunted their own players around midfield. The invaders then ran back to the fence and climbed up and over the barbed wire around the top. They then joined their peers in beating the crud out of that fence.

The match was suspended for 20 minutes, but it didn't stop River from still being down 2-0 at the final whistle. The second leg will be at home for River and, if it loses, it'll probably have to declare a national state of emergency.

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