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Footballers took to the stands to brawl and fight after Copa tournament match

About 12 players from the Uruguayan national team, who lost 1-0 to Colombia in the Copa América semifinal match played at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday night, went into the stands and fought with fans.

The clash lasted for several minutes before members of the venue’s security team broke up the brawl. Players from the Uruguayan team claimed that rival fans had threatened family members watching the match, prompting the players to climb into the stands. Among the participants were Uruguay’s star player Darwin Núñez and team captain Jose Maria Gimenez.

Gimenez claimed that the attackers were fans and that the players entered the stands to protect and defend their families.

“Before I cut you off because they wouldn’t let us speak on the microphone, let me say something. They don’t want me to say anything about what happened, but this is a disaster,” Gimenez said after the scuffle in the stands. “Please be careful, we have families in the stands, little babies that were just born. It was a disaster. There was no police, and we had to defend our families.”

“This is the fault of two or three people who had a few too many drinks and didn’t know how to drink properly,” Gimenez said.

CONMEBOL, the organiser of the Copa Cup and the governing body of South American football, condemned the incident and announced that an investigation had been launched into the incident.

“CONMEBOL strongly condemns any act of violence affecting football,” the organization said in a statement after the match. “Our work is based on the belief that football connects and unites us through its positive values.”

After the match, there was also a clash between players from both teams on the field. It was the culmination of a tense and highly competitive match between teams from South American countries.


Uruguay manager Marcelo Bielsa addressed the controversy in a press conference after the match, acknowledging the animosity between the players but thinking it was over once the match was over.

“I thought it ended with an argument in midfield and when I saw that I went to the dressing room,” Bielsa said. “I thought they were thanking the fans for their support. But then I found out that there were unfortunately some problems there.”