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Boca Juniors fans detained in Paraguay for acts of vandalism

When it comes to continental competition between legendary Argentine rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate, most of the time it is the Boca fan base that ends up celebrating.
Boca Juniors fans attacked bystanders and smashed automobile windshields on Thursday.

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- More than 200 fans supporting Argentine giants Boca Juniors were detained in Paraguay for acts of vandalism at a Copa Libertadores last-16 match against local club Cerro Porteno.

Local police on Friday said the fan 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 fan groups, 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 tie set for next week in Buenos Aires.

Violence among fans is endemic in much of Latin American football, particularly in matches involving Argentine clubs.

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