Thursday December 4th, 2014

Argentine soccer player Franco Nieto has died after hooligans attacked him in a parking lot following a match, according to BBC

Nieto, who was the captain of local team Tiro Federal, was kicked and punched by the attackers and struck in the head by a stone, according to his cousin, Pablo Nieto.

Pablo Nieto said three people surrounded Franco Nieto as he was walking to his car with his wife and one-month-old daughter and the attack began. A local police chief said three people have been detained in connection to the attack, according to BBC.  

Nieto, who was 33, died on Wednesday after being operated on at a hospital on Tuesday. According to BBC, he is the 15th person to die from soccer-related violence in Argentina this year. 

Nieto's team was playing the Chacarita Juniors, and the match was stopped early after the referees sent eight players off for fighting.

- Molly Geary

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.