Scuffle Erupts Between Uruguay Players and Colombia Fans After Copa America Semi-Final

A scuffle broke out between Uruguay players and Colombia fans after the Copa America semi-final. Colombia secured a win with a goal by Jefferson Lerma. Post-match chaos saw Uruguay players clashing with fans, prompting an investigation by CONMEBOL. Uruguay will face Canada next, while Colombia meets Argentina in the final.

Devdiscourse News Desk | Updated: 11-07-2024 09:28 IST | Created: 11-07-2024 09:28 IST
Scuffle Erupts Between Uruguay Players and Colombia Fans After Copa America Semi-Final
Screengrab of Viral Video showing fans indulging in a fight after the Copa America Final . Image Credit: ANI
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A scuffle erupted between Uruguay players and Colombia fans following the Copa America semi-final at Bank of America Stadium. Colombia advanced to the final against Argentina thanks to Jefferson Lerma's goal in the 39th minute, despite being down to 10 men.

After the final whistle, chaos ensued in the stands. Video footage circulating on social media showed Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez and other Uruguay players allegedly climbing into the stands and clashing with fans. Nunez appeared to be at the forefront of the altercation.

Fox Soccer shared a video on X, with commentators describing the scene as involving "things being thrown including fists, punches, beverages, and garbage." ESPN reported that CONMEBOL, South American football's governing body, is investigating the incident.

Uruguay captain Jose Maria Gimenez stated the players were defending their families. "Our families are in the stands, there are newborn babies. It was a disaster; there was no police, and we had to defend our families," Gimenez remarked on the official broadcast, adding that a few drunk individuals were responsible for the chaos.

Following their 1-0 loss to Colombia, Uruguay will face Canada in the third-place playoff on Saturday. Colombia will compete against Argentina in the final at Hard Rock Stadium on Sunday.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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