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Liverpool’s approach in the Darwin Nunez case is clear after mass brawl with fans

Liverpool’s approach in the Darwin Nunez case is clear after mass brawl with fans

Liverpool chiefs are planning to contact Darwin Nunez after the Uruguayan striker was involved in a mass brawl in the stands at the Copa America semi-final.

The Reds striker played the full 90 minutes of his country’s 1-0 defeat to Colombia, who were knocked out in the semi-finals, but headlines since have been dominated by the aftermath of the brawl between rival fans in the stands.




In the shadow of the events of the match itself, Nunez was one of several Uruguayan players photographed walking into the crowd as the brawl unfolded at Bank of America Stadium. The 25-year-old was filmed being punched by fans wearing Colombia’s yellow shirt while defending himself during the melee.

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Luis Suarez and Jose Maria Gimenez later claimed that Nunez and his teammates Ronald Araujo, Matias Vina and Mathias Olivera acted to “protect” and “defend” their family members who were in the crowd. Now, Liverpool bosses are deciding to investigate the matter to uncover “the facts” behind the incidents in North Carolina.

According to The Athletic’s James Pearce on Twitter/X, the Merseysiders will stay in touch with their player once “the time difference allows”. He reported that the club’s priority will be to check on the “well-being” of the player and his family, while also liaising with the Uruguayan Football Federation.

In a statement on the incident, Ignacio Alonso, president of the Uruguayan Football Federation, said: “Uruguay’s players reacted instinctively and naturally by defending the children who suffered the attacks, their wives, parents and siblings. It was a natural, instinctive reaction that came in light of the events that were unfolding.”