Violent clashes delay Brazil-Argentina kick-off (video)

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Violent clashes delay Brazil-Argentina kick-off (video)

By Le Figaro with AFP

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5 hours ago,
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Before the start of the clash between Brazilians and Argentines at the Maracana, fights broke out between supporters of both camps.

THE ” superclassic» between Brazil and Argentina began on Tuesday almost thirty minutes late, due to clashes between supporters in the stands of the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, during this qualifying match for the 2026 World Cup.

The Argentine players, reigning world champions, temporarily left the field and returned to the locker room shortly after the fight, which began to the sound of national anthems and was put down by a muscular intervention by the police. “ We’re not going to play, we’re leaving!“, declared Argentine captain Lionel Messi as he left the field, according to images from local television. But the Argentine team finally returned when the situation calmed down in the stands. Kick-off, initially scheduled for 9:30 p.m. local time, was given half an hour later.

In September 2021, another Brazil-Argentina clash was interrupted after only five minutes of play following the intervention of local health authorities, four Albiceleste players having been accused of violating the anti-Covid protocol. Representatives of the Anvisa health agency and the federal police entered the field to close the meeting, in total confusion. This qualifying match for the 2022 World Cup, devoid of any stakes, was ultimately not replayed.

SEE ALSO – Historic defeat of Brazil against Argentina, during the 2026 World Cup qualifiers (0-1)

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