Former Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has told Football FanCast that the actions of Boca Juniors and River Plate fans in his native Argentina was “not right for football” in his homeland.
Last month’s ‘Superclasico’ in the Copa Libertadores last-16 was abandoned with the score at 0-0 amid serious crowd unrest.
Four River players were taken to hospital after being sprayed with an irritant by rival supporters, in actions that have been condemned worldwide.
TV pictures displayed Leonardo Ponzio and Leonel Vangioni in distress after being attacked with the substance, while their team-mates Matias Kranevitter and Ramiro Funes Mori were also involved.
The game was called off after just over an hour of play and River were awarded a passage into the quarter-finals following disciplinary action from CONMEBOL.
Gutierrez, who used to play for another Buenos Aires side in the shape of Velez Sarsfield, was frustrated with the actions of the fans, and claimed that it was not good for the reputation of the game in his homeland:
“They [some supporters] are doing things at the moment that are not right for football.” He said.
“The last derby between Boca [Juniors] and River [Plate] was not acceptable.
“TV around the world showing that [was not good]. It was not sensible for football”
The recently departed Newcastle man gave an interesting insight into his career, and you can see it all in our exclusive video below…