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Uruguayan Darwin Nunez clashes with Colombian fans at Copa America as CONMEBOL says there is ‘no room for violence’

Uruguayan Darwin Nunez clashes with Colombian fans at Copa America as CONMEBOL says there is ‘no room for violence’
Uruguayan Darwin Nunez clashes with Colombian fans at Copa America as CONMEBOL says there is ‘no room for violence’

The South American football confederation CONMEBOL said there was “no room for intolerance and violence on and off the field” after fights broke out between players and fans following Colombia’s victory over Uruguay in the Copa America semi-final.

After the final whistle, unpleasant scenes occurred when Uruguayan and Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez was among those who clashed with Colombian fans at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The incident occurred after Colombia reached the final with ten players with a 1-0 win. Jefferson Lerma scored a goal in the first half and saved the goal after Daniel Munoz was sent off shortly before half-time.

“Our work is based on the belief that football connects and unites us through its positive values. There is no place for intolerance and violence on or off the field,” CONMEBOL said in a statement.

“We invite everyone to cheer on their national teams with full passion in the remaining days and celebrate an unforgettable party.”

According to media reports, fights broke out near the area where friends and family members of the players were sitting.

Nunez was involved in a physical altercation with Colombian fans in the stands, which reportedly also involved other Uruguayan players.

“There was no police there and we had to defend our families,” Uruguay captain Jose Maria Gimenez said, Reuters reported.

“This is the fault of two or three people who had a few too many drinks and don’t know how to drink.”

Colombia will face Argentina in the final at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami on Sunday.

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