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11th Jul 2024

Darwin Nunez set to face lengthy ban from football following post-match brawl

Callum Boyle

Darwin Nunez

Nunez could be in line for a big punishment

Darwin Nunez could face a lengthy ban from football for his involvement in a mass brawl that took place after the Copa America semi-final between Colombia and Uruguay.

Footage of the full time incident saw Nunez climb into the crowd and defend himself after initially appearing to be hit by one of the Colombian supporters after their 1-0 win in Charlotte.

Security quickly intervened and escorted Nunez and his teammates away from the scene and down the tunnel.

South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL highly condemned the violent scenes, condemning “any act of violence that affects football”.

They added: “Our work is based on the conviction that football connects us and unites us, through its positive values. There is no place for intolerance and violence on and off the field. We invite everyone in the remaining days to pour all their passion into cheering on their teams and having an unforgettable party.”

President of Uruguayan Football Association defends Nunez

While there was no escaping of the fact that Nunez’s actions will likely end in him being punished president of the AUF, ¬†Ignacio Alonso, said that the players acted in the best interest of their families’ safety.

Alonso said (via¬†ESPN): “The Uruguayan players had an instinctive, natural reaction, which was to defend the children who were being attacked, their wives, parents, siblings. It was a natural, instinctive reaction that was rational given the events that were taking place.”

Although there’s no confirmation of any ban being imposed on Nunez, it’s likely that he will be reprimanded for his behaviour in the stands.

Whether any punishment could extend to club football is another deal however the 25-year-old may be set for a lengthy period away from international football.