Argentina to probe attendance numbers after Buenos Aires derby

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BUENOS AIRES, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Argentina plans to analyze attendance numbers at Sunday’s derby between River Plate and Boca Juniors, a judicial official stated, after native media questioned whether or not numbers exceeded these permitted beneath COVID-19 guidelines governing followers’ return.

Supporters had been allowed again into stadiums in Argentina on Friday after 18 months of empty arenas as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Only those that had obtained no less than one dose of the vaccine had been permitted to attend video games and the utmost capability was restricted to 50%.

However, Argentine media questioned the numbers current inside River Plate’s Monumental stadium and a judicial official informed Reuters an investigation could be launched.

“People were detained for the sale of false tickets … and the Public Ministry of Buenos Aires city is going to investigate whether the capacity was exceeded,” a spokesperson for the workplace answerable for main occasions stated.

La Nacion, one among Argentina’s best-selling newspapers, put the attendance at 54,000 to 57,600. Sports newspaper Ole estimated there have been 52,000 to 53,000 followers, saying that was “a count clearly more” than half the 72,000 capability.

“After seeing the images on TV and according to eyewitnesses, questions are inevitable,” Ole wrote on-line.

A River Plate consultant didn’t instantly reply to Reuters requests for remark.

The dwelling aspect received the match 2-1 because of a first-half brace from Julian Alvarez. They had been assisted by a crimson card proven to Boca’s Marcos Rojo after simply 16 minutes.

The consequence leaves River Plate prime of the league, some extent forward of Talleres de Cordoba, who’ve a recreation in hand.

Reporting by Ramiro Scandalo in Buenos Aires; Writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Christopher Cushing

Soccer Football - Primera Division - River Plate v Boca Juniors - Estadio Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina - October 3, 2021  River Plate fans inside the stadium before the match REUTERS/Agustin Marcarian