Friday’s Argentine Clausura match between Newell’s Old Boys and Belgrano was marred by crowd trouble, but it was a Belgrano player who unwittingly paid the price, in a shameful example of how the local riot police endeavour to keep the peace.
When trouble broke out just before half time in the Belgrano corner, with missiles being thrown from end to end, the visiting players ran immediately to the scene to try and establish calm.
The Belgrano support were being aggressively removed from the stadium by the Rosario riot police, which provoked questions from the Belgrano players.
Not in any mood to negotiate, a fully clad member of the riot police (unprovoked) brutally clattered Belgrano’s Gastón Turus full-force right in the face with his baton, landing just below the eye, leaving him prone on the ground in agony.
What an example to set to the barras bravas, in a country perennially dogged by football violence.
Watch the Rosario riot policeman’s brutal baton attack on Belgrano’s Gastón Turus on the clip below.
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