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Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez involved in ugly clash with fans

Thursday, July 11th, 2024 11:13 | By
Darwin Nunez in the stands confrontating the spectators. PHOTO/@JamesPearceLFC/X
Darwin Nunez in the stands confrontating the spectators. PHOTO/@JamesPearceLFC/X

Liverpool footballer Darwin Nunez was involved in an altercation with spectators after his national team Uruguay were beaten on Wednesday evening.

The striker was seen physically confronting Colombia fans in the stands after the final whistle in the Copa America semi-final.

According to Uruguayan outlet El Pais, disorder broke out close to where friends and family members of players were located.

Núñez is yet to comment publicly on the incident.

TV cameras and fans captured images of Núñez climbing up railings and making his way into the crowded stands of the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

He could then be seen confronting Colombia fans as others tried to restrain him.

Other Uruguay players were reportedly involved in the incident.

Uruguay captain Jose Maria Gimenez said the players were trying to defend their families, describing the situation in the crowd as a 'disaster', Reuters reported.

He continued: "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 don't know how to drink."

Nunez was seen hugging his son on the pitch after the altercation.

South American football's governing body Conmebol said it "strongly condemns any act of violence that affects football."

"There is no pace for intolerance and violence on and off the field," it added.

The incident happened after Uruguay slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Colombia in the last four match, denying them a place in Monday's Copa America final.

Shortly before the crowd disorder began, players and coaching staff had clashed on the pitch after the match ended.

Nunez started the game up front for Uruguay but could not convert one of his four attempts on goal.

Liverpool signed the forward for an initial £64m from Portuguese side Benfica in June 2022. He has scored 20 goals in 65 appearances for the club.

BBC News has contacted Nunez's representative for comment.

Colombia will play Argentina in Monday's final.

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