Argentinian Soccer Fans Riot After River Plate Demoted to Lower Division for First Time in 110 Years

Argentinian Soccer Fans Riot After River Plate Demoted to Lower Division for First Time in 110 Years The Boston Red Sox may have had a bad year in 2010, but thankfully baseball doesn't play by the same rules as top-level international soccer leagues. Because if they did, the Sox could be spending this season playing against minor league baseball teams instead of setting their sights on a World Series.

Sunday, historic Argentinian team River Plate was relegated to a lower division for the first time in its 110-year existence, sparking riots that have left at least 89 people injured.

After losing the first leg of a two-game playoff to avoid demotion, River played to a 1-1 draw in the second leg, sending the team's fans into a frenzy. Reports indicate that in anticipation of violence, Argentinian authorities deployed 2,200 police officers to try to control the crowd of over 60,000.

Police used water cannons to try to keep the crowd away from the field, with attack dogs, mounted police on horseback, and helicopters reportedly deployed outside the stadium.

Argentinian news outlets report that 35 police officers have been injured as of Monday morning, but none of the injuries are life-threatening.

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