Copa America: Ugly Scenes as Nunez Leads Scuffle with Colombia Fans, Video

Copa America: Ugly Scenes as Nunez Leads Scuffle with Colombia Fans, Video

  • The 2024 Copa America semi-final clash between Uruguay and Colombia on Wednesday, July 10, ended on a chaotic note
  • Liverpool star Darwin Nunez and some of his La Celeste teammates featured prominently in the brawl with Colombia fans
  • Meanwhile, a Uruguayan central defender has narrated why it was important for the players to have engaged in the ugly moment

Ugly scenes erupted after the Copa America semi-final match between Uruguay and Colombia at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, leading to a post-match brawl involving players and fans.

Players of the Uruguayan national team, with Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez playing a starring role, were sighted in a fistfight with scores of Colombian fans following an ill-tempered defeat.

Darwin Nunez featured prominently in the fistfight involving Uruguayan players and Colombian fans after the Copa America semi-final clash.
Darwin Nunez played a starring role in the mass brawl involving Uruguayan players and Colombian fans on July 10, 2024. Photos by Icon Sportswire and Juan Mabromata.
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However, their hopes were dashed by a Jefferson Lerma goal six minutes before halftime, which proved decisive as the James Rodriguez-led Colombian side marched on to the grand finale.

The final whistle sparked scenes of jubilation among Colombia players and fans alike.

According to Forbes, Los Cafeteros' win over Uruguay also extended their unbeaten streak to a record 28 international games.

Nestor Lorenzo's side hopes to cap off a momentous tournament with victory in the final against World Cup winners and defending Copa champions Argentina.

Uruguay players brawl with Colombia fans

Colombia's victory was overshadowed by a mass brawl.

The chaos began immediately after the whistle, with both sides clashing on the pitch before it escalated into the stands.

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Uruguayan players, with Liverpool striker Darwin Nunez and Ronald Araujo prominently involved, were seen in a melee with Colombian fans.

Central defender Jose Maria Gimenez explained that the players got involved out of concern for their families and loved ones, per Fox Soccer.

The fighting continued for several minutes until police intervened.

Lionel Messi scores first goal at Copa America 2024

YEN.com.gh previously reported that Lionel Messi scored his first goal of the 2024 Copa America, helping defending champions Argentina secure a 2-0 victory over Canada and advance to the final.

Messi and his teammates will now aim for consecutive Copa America titles on Sunday, July 14, when they cross swords with Colombia in the final.

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