Argentine hooligans threaten to shoot player if team don't win | inside World Soccer

Two Racing Club players were stopped in a Buenos Aires street by hooligans who threatened to shoot one of them in the legs if their team failed to win their next game.

Racing Club player Giovanni Moreno was threatened at gunpoint by several hooligans
Racing Club player Giovanni Moreno was threatened at gunpoint by several hooligans

Photo: La Nación/GDA

Midfielder Giovanni Moreno and forward Federico Santander were leaving training together when another car pulled in front of them and forced them to stop.

Two men then got out of the vehicle and threatened Moreno with a gun.

"They told Gio they would shoot him in the legs and would ruin his career," Santander told the radio station La Red.

"I thought they were going to shoot him. He was terrified as I was. I'm frightened, I don't know what to do.

"They told us: On Sunday we have to win. If not, things will get worse.

"Never in my career has anything like this happened."

Racing are 14th out of 20 in the Argentine first-division standings, which are decided over three seasons.

Argentinian clubs are followed by groups of hardcore fans known as barras bravas, who are blamed for the country's chronic hooliganism problem.

Almost every major club in Argentina has a tacit connection to hooligan gangs, which are granted favors by the clubs in exchange for supporting club directors and often their political and labor connections.

They also threaten and attack players of their own team when results go badly.


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