Everyone can help to combat match violence: Argentinian FA president

Buenos Aires, Oct 12 (IANS) Argentina Football Association (AFA) president Luis Segura has announced that the sport’s leadership “does not have the solution to the violence” that has recently plagued the South American country’s matches.

“Strong determination backed up by everyone is what is needed but, without everyone’s support, there is no point in soccer leaders trying to rectify the issue. They can try on their own but it won’t work,” Xinhua quoted Segura as saying on Sunday.

In an interview with local daily Perfil, the president considered the violence to be a “cultural” issue.

“It is completely unmanageable that someone would step on the pitch with a stone and throw it at a player. I always say the same: violence isn’t beneficial to anyone. It only brings suffering and damage,” added Segura.

When asked whether the violent fans could be “managed,” the president responded that this “has a social origin.”

“Unfortunately society is violent,” said Segura, adding that “the issue will be resolved the day that we establish better security, policies, justice and leaders in the country.”

“We are part of this problem. But we don’t have the solution,” said the AFA president.

Segura has been president of the association since former president Julio Humberto Grondona, 82, died in 2014.

The leader will run for election to stay in the position and will compete against businessman and television presenter Marcelo Tinelli.

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