Assassination attempt postpones Friday soccer matches in Argentina

Following a recent assassination attempt on Thursday, the Argentine Football Association postponed all matches for Friday. The attempt came from Argentina’s vice president, Dr. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Fortunately, the Vice President escaped. Authorities later took the suspect into custody following the incident.

Cameras were rolling when a man’s arm was seen holding a handgun close to Fernandez de Kirchner’s face. The gun jammed and never fired. Speaking about the ordeal, Argentine President Alberto Fernandez said the vice president was doing well.

“Cristina is still alive because, for some reason that we cannot technically confirm at this time, the weapon, which was armed with five bullets, did not fire although the trigger was pulled,” said President Fernández.

The vice president was not at home greeting supporters when the suspect pulled out the gun. She served as the President of Argentina from 2007 to 2015. Additionally, she served as the country’s first lady for four years prior to that.

Authorities are still determining the motive for the assassination attempt.

Argentina suspends football matches due to assassination attempt

In view of the situation, the president declared a national holiday. Consequently, the Argentine Federation intervened to cancel all matches scheduled in the country.

“The Argentine Football Association expresses its strongest repudiation of what happened with Vice President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner,” the statement read. “We call out to society as a whole, warning that violence of any kind is never the solution.”

Three games in the country’s top flight were among the canceled fixtures. The three games, Patronato against Union, Lanús against Tigre and Rosario Central against Talleres have all been postponed to Saturday or Sunday. Additionally, matches in the Women’s Championship, Reserve Leagues and Third Tier have also suffered postponements.

There are 10 total Primera Division matches to be played this weekend. This includes popular clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors. The Primera Division usually runs from early June through October.

PHOTO: IMAGO / Panthermedia


. A assassination attempt postpones the matches football Friday Argentina

. Assassination attempt postpones Friday soccer matches Argentina

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