Argentina suspends football matches after assassination attempt on vice president

Argentina suspends football matches after assassination attempt on vice president
Argentina suspends football matches after assassination attempt on vice president

All football matches in Argentina were suspended on Friday after an assassination attempt on the country’s vice president, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) made the announcement on Thursday evening after the attack in Buenos Aires.

Fernandez de Kirchner was arriving at her home in the Recoleta neighborhood when a man emerged from a crowd and pointed a gun at her head at close range.

The gun – which was loaded with five bullets – went off but did not fire properly. A 35-year-old man was arrested.

Friday was declared a public holiday by President Alberto Fernandez and the AFA said all football activity had been suspended.

“The Argentine Football Association expresses its strongest repudiation of what happened with Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner,” the AFA said in a statement. “We challenge society as a whole, warning that violence of any kind is never the solution.”

Three matches were scheduled to take place in the Argentine first division on Friday: Patronato against Union, Rosario Central against Talleres and Lanus against Tigre.

A number of other games have also been postponed, including in Argentina’s regionalized third tier, women’s championship and reserve league.

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. argentina suspends matches football after attempt assassination vice president

. Argentina suspends football matches assassination attempt vice president

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