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Dirty Tackle

Racing Club fans hold gun to player’s knee and demand a win

Dirty Tackle

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Giovanni Moreno in a more carefree moment. (Getty)

It's been a tumultuous few months for Argentine Primera Division side Racing Club. First, Teo Gutierrez threatened his teammates with a paintball gun after they reacted negatively to him getting sent off in a losing effort, then fans threw crutches on the pitch during a Copa Argentina match to protest the team's poor form and now, they're combining those two incidents by threatening members of the team at gunpoint.

Racing Club players Giovanni Moreno and Federico Santander were leaving training together when another car cut them off and blocked their way. Two men then got out of the car and the situation took a sickening turn.

From Reuters:

"They told Gio they would shoot him in the legs and would ruin his career," Paraguayan Santander told a radio interview late on Tuesday.

"I thought they were going to shoot him. He was terrified as I was. I'm frightened, I don't know what to do.

"They said that if we did not win the game, we would suffer the consequences."

Moreno's agent Agustin Jimenez told the Fox Sports cable channel: "They put a gun against his knee."

The incident happened after it was reported that Colombian Moreno could leave the club and join rivals River Plate.

Well, that's why the fans thought Racing players could use some crutches. But shooting players on a team that is currently in 16th place every time they fail to win seems counterproductive. With only four wins through 15 matches in the clausura, Racing's entire starting XI would already be out of commission had the barra brava started this at the beginning of the season. And let's just say it's a good thing Blackburn fans didn't resort to this either. The chicken would've been all that's left of that club.

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