Chilean Soccer Fans Turn Violent After Team Loses Championship
June 15 / Alexandra Kuczynski-Brown / SportsGrid
Soccer may not be considered a “blood sport” in the same vein as bull fighting or dog fighting, but recent events in Chile may cause some to reevaluate this distinction.
Last Sunday, fans of Chilean club Universidad Catolica turned to violence in an effort to avenge their team’s 4-1 loss in the Apertura Championship game to Universidad de Chile. Incensed Catolica supporters ambushed a group of rival fans outside a local supermarket, throwing rocks and inciting all sorts of mayhem.
The security footage, which made its way onto YouTube, shows victims wearing Universidad de Chile jerseys being jumped, mugged, stripped and chain-whipped by their attackers.
Elsewhere in South America, this past April, Argentina recorded its 13th soccer-related death in just over a year. As scary as this incident may be, unfortunately, we've seen worse.
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