Copa Libertadores: Woman arrested for strapping flares to son

River Plate fans congregate.
River Plate fans congregate.

A woman has been arrested by police in Argentina after she was shown strapping flares to a child fan before the Copa Libertadores final, which was postponed after hooligans attacked the Boca Juniors bus.

The pictures showed the woman attaching fares to the child’s midriff, and they quickly spread around social media.

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Prosecutors announced on Monday that the woman had been arrested after attempting to smuggle the flares into River Plate’s stadium.

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They went on to reveal that the child was the son of the woman, and that she had been identified by the watch she was wearing.

If she is found guilty of endangering her child’s life, then she could be jailed for up to eight years, with two of those eight an additional punishment due to the child being her own son. She may also lose custody of her child, who could now be left in the care of his father.

A Public Prosecutor’s Office spokesman said: ‘Image treatment software and social media work was key in the identification of the suspect.

‘A watch was spotted on the wrist of the woman strapping the flares round the child, as well as on another image on social media linked to the people that were investigated.’

The match was originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, but an attack on the Boca bus saw the game postponed for later than evening, before being rescheduled for the Sunday, and was then ultimately postponed indefinitely.

CONMEBOL, the South American football federation, is expected to announce December 8 as the date for the rescheduled tie, to be announced on Tuesday.

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