Franco Nieto has died after being beaten with a brick by rival fans, reports The Guardian.
At just 33-years-old, the Argentine has passed away following the shocking scenes in northwest Argentina.
Nieto, the captain of Tiro Federal, was playing for his side in the clash with Chacarita Juniors, which was ultimately abandoned after just 15 minutes.
In fact, as many as eight players were sent off, with Tiro Federal leading 3-1 at the time. Fans, of course, took it upon themselves to enter the field of play, which unfortunately cost Nieto his life after being taken to a nearby hospital in La Rioja city.
When discussing the incident, Nieto's nephew revealed that the player was violently struck on the head and was operated on before passing away.
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The player's nephew Pablo said: “People came to insult him. They kicked him and punched him.
"He tried to defend himself but he was struck violently in the head. He was operated on Tuesday and died today.”
Of course, much like the rest of his family, Pablo will be in a state of shock after an incident that should have never happened on a football pitch.
Police, meanwhile, revealed that two men have been arrested and are now awaiting a decision from the court regarding the incident.
It's certainly a disturbing incident and will leave fans of Argentine football in shock. It remains to be seen as to where the two clubs will go from here, but it's unlikely that they will be involved in any on field action anytime soon.
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