South American football has always been known as a passionate affair, however that passion spilt over into outright violence over the weekend in an Argentinian lower league match.
The actual game between Bella Vista and Tiro Federal - two teams in what we believe is the 'Southern League' of the Argentinian football structure - ended with a victory for Bella Vista that, per Deadspin, saw them clinch the title.
As you might expect on such an occasion, a pitch invasion from the jubilant home fans swiftly followed. Unfortunately, what happened next involved less on-pitch selfies and more haymakers being throw in the direction of Tiro Federal players. Scroll down to watch the dramatic and outright violent footage...
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As you can see in the four-minute video below, the Tiro Federal contingent weren't going to let the fans have it all their own way. In fact, several of the players went on an offensive of their own as the scene descended into chaos.
Others, meanwhile, made a hasty escape through a handy opening in the wire fence that surrounded the lower league pitch.
According to a report from local publication La Nueva, via translation, police are yet to offer any sort of official explanation for how the violence was allowed to reach the levels it did despite several officers clearly being present at the game.
You would think, though, that there will be some serious punishments handed down by league officials if nothing else.
This isn't the first time Bella Vista have made global football headlines for the wrong reasons. Back in 2013, they made the news after one of their players was sent off after throwing a dog into a fence after the animal had made its way onto the pitch.
English lower league football may have the Wealdstone raider, but it is fair to say that he doesn't quite match up with the lower rungs of Argentinian football for intensity or drama.
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