By DAN KARELL
Argentine soccer hit a new low on Friday when a Copa Libertadores Superclasico match between Boca Juniors and River Plate was called off at halftime.
With the visiting River Plate players preparing to re-enter the field after the end of a halftime break, video replay shows a fan apparently breaking a hole in the fence and in the bubble the players enter the field in and spraying the players with an unknown substance, possibly pepper spray. Ramiro Funes Mori, Leonardo Ponzio, Matías Kranevitter, and Sebastián Driussi all took the worst of the spray, struggling to see and constantly trying to spray water in their eyes to wash it out. The four players were later taken to the hospital.
Other players had rashes break out on their backs as CONMEBOL officials and the referees tried to determine whether the second half would start or not. After more than an hour of deliberation, the game was called off.
“It’s shameful, lamentable,” River Plate head coach Marcelo Gallardo told TV reporters on the field during the delay, repeating this line countless times.
“We will accept the responsibility that we have but I don’t think the players are responsible,” Boca president Daniel Angelici said. “We will do all we can to help the police and we hope to find those responsible as soon as possible.”
River Plate entered the match with a 1-0 aggregate lead. It was scoreless at halftime.
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Kane had a breakout season for Tottenham in 2014/2015, scoring 20 English Premier League goals, second best in the league, and another 10 goals in all competitions. He earned his first call-up to the England senior national team last March and scored on his debut, just seconds after taking the field in a 4-0 win over Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualifying.
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Here’s a look at the squad:
Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax Amsterdam), Tim Krul (Newcastle United), Kenneth Vermeer (Feyenoord), Jeroen Zoet (PSV Eindhoven).
Defenders: Jeffrey Bruma (PSV Eindhoven), Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United), Bruno Martins Indi (FC Porto), Karim Rekik (PSV Eindhoven), Sven van Beek (Feyenoord), Gregory van der Wiel (Paris St Germain), Joel Veltman (Ajax Amsterdam), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Jetro Willems (PSV Eindhoven)
Midfielders: Daley Blind (Manchester United), Tjaronn Chery (Groningen), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers), Davy Propper (Vitesse Arnhem), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV Eindhoven).
Forwards: Steven Berghuis (AZ Alkmaar), Memphis Depay, Luuk de Jong (both PSV Eindhoven), Bas Dost (VfL Wolfsburg), Klaas Jan Huntelaar (Schalke 04), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Luciano Narsingh (PSV Eindhoven), Quincy Promes (Spartak Moscow), Robin van Persie (Manchester United). (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Ed Osmond)
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What do you think of these reports? What did you think of the violence at the River-Boca match? What do you see CONMEBOL deciding on the game? Do you see Man United snapping up Harry Kane?
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