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Watch moment Darwin Nunez fights off fans to save family from ‘drunk supporters’


DARWIN NUNEZ bravely leapt into the crowd to protect his family from “drunken” Copa America yobs.

Ugly scenes occurred in the stands after Uruguay‘s semi-final defeat to Colombia early on Thursday morning.

There was fan trouble after the Copa America semi=final between Uruguay and Colombia


There was fan trouble after the Copa America semi=final between Uruguay and ColombiaCredit: Getty

The Uruguayans were dumped out of the tournament thanks to a 1-0 defeat in Charlotte, North Carolina.

But their immediate concern turned to the safety of their family members after they were bombarded by “avalanches” by boozed-up Colombia supports.

Nunez and several of his team-mates quickly waded into the crowd to protect their loved ones as drinks and rubbish were thrown.

Security eventually intervened and separated Nunez, Jose Gimenez and Ronald Araujo from the rival fans.


According to journalist Favian Renkel, Uruguay players’ families were escorted out of the stadium in a separate exit to ensure their safety.

When the dust settled, Liverpool hitman Nunez was seen embracing his young daughter on the pitch.

Atletico Madrid defender Giminez fumed at the lack of security around the players’ family members.

He said: “Let me say something before they cut you off because they won’t let us speak into the microphone,.

“They don’t want me to say anything about what’s going on but this is a disaster.

“Please be careful, our families are in the stands, there are little newborn babies.

“It was a disaster; there was no police and we had to defend our families.

“This is the fault of two or three people who had a few too many drinks and don’t know how to drink.”

Uruguay stopper Sergio Rochet defended his team-mate’s actions, saying of the incident: “This could have been avoided.

“I thought this came about from where the families of players was sitting.

“When you see your family there there…we wanted to take our families out of there.”


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