237 barras bravas (essentially the Argentine equivalent of European “ultras”) have been arrested in the Paraguayan capital of Asunción after cocaine, weapons and, the worst of the lot, alcohol was found on many members before Boca’s Copa Libertadores match with Cerro Porteño.
According to reports, the barras were running a riot in the city – breaking car windscreens, robbing kioskos and entering homes at gunpoint, stealing food and drink.
The Special Police Force (FOPE) moved quickly to nullify the threat and arrested former Barras leader Rafael Di Zeo and current leader Mauro Martín.
Unsurprisingly, this isn’t the first time the barras bravas have winded up in a whole lotta trouble, especially given their reputation as football’s most dangerous fans.
Last year, a group of Boca barras pepper sprayed River Plate players as they walked down the tunnel for half time – prompting a ban on all away fans. While in 2014, a group of “fans” battered a mother in front of her eight-year-old daughter after a match for wearing a River Plate shirt, inflicting life-changing injuries.
And this latest episode is just another in a long line of disgraceful criminal activity which doesn’t appear to be slowing up any time soon unfortunately.