Argentine hooligans beat soccer player to death in front of family

Argentine soccer hooligans shown at a match between San Lorenzo and Velez Sarsfield in 2008.
A 33-year old Argentine soccer player died from injuries sustained when supporters of a rival team attacked him after a game.
Franco Nieto was the captain of a lower-division soccer club called Tiro Federal. He was reportedly attacked by hooligans who punched, kicked and hit him with a stone in front of his wife and one-month-old daughter.
Nieto's cousin told the BBC that the player was surrounded by three people as he walked to his car with his family after a match against rival club Chacarita Juniors in the northwest of the country. The game was reportedly called off early after several players began fighting on the field with about 15 minutes left to play.
Nieto died Wednesday, after doctors operated on him Tuesday.
"It's horrible," a local police official named Roque Jaime told the Associated Press. "They beat him, kicked him and, after that, hit him in the head with a rock, which was fatal."
Nieto's death underscores a larger problem of soccer-related violence in Argentina. The nonprofit organization Let's Save Football told the Associated Press that 15 people this year in Argentina have died in incidents related to soccer. Last year, 14 people died, according to Let's Save Football.
It's an ugly side-story for one of the world's premier soccer nations. Argentina made the 2014 World Cup Final, has won two World Cups and is one of just eight nations to win a World Cup. FC Barcelona star and global soccer icon Lionel Messi is from Rosario, Argentina, and many other stars who play for top clubs around the world hail from the South American country.

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