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Uruguayan League Suspended After Violence
Daily Telegraph, November 18th, 2008 1:15PM



The Uruguayan FA has suspended the national championship until further notice after fans fought a pitched battle following a game between the league's top two sides. When Danubio beat Nacional 1-0 to overtake its opponent and go top of the Apertura (opening) Championship on Sunday, Nacional fans broke down the fencing at the Jardines del Hipodromo stadium and invaded the playing area.

When they captured a flag from home fans, Danubio fans also invaded the field and fought back. The two sets of fans fought each other with iron bars and corner flags.

Uruguayan Football Association President Jose Luis Corbo said: "There is no date for lifting the suspension. The next round is definitely called off. Now we [the AUF board] are going to meet to discuss the situation." The championship was also suspended for several weeks in 2006 after a Cerro fan was stabbed to death in front of his wife and children by supporters of rival Penarol.

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