ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — More than 200 hooligans following Argentine club Boca Juniors were detained in Paraguay for acts of vandalism at a Copa Libertadores round-of-16 match against local club Cerro Porteno.
Local police on Friday said the hooligan groups were being held in a stadium on the outskirts of the capital Asuncion with plans to transfer them to another stadium in the city. The hooligans, known in Spanish as barrasbravas, got off buses and attacked bystanders and smashed automobile windshields. They were also found to be in possession of marijuana and cocaine and large amounts of alcohol.
Boca won the match 2-1 with the second match in the two-game series set for next week in Buenos Aires.
Violence among fans is endemic in much of Latin American soccer, particularly in matches involving Argentine clubs.