In a major effort to stamp out violence and hooliganism surrounding Argentine football security officials have introduced an indefinite ban on away supporters attending matches.
On top of that, for the first two weekends of the new campaign only club members are allowed to enter stadiums and watch home games in the Buenos Aires region – from where the majority of the violence stems and three quarters of the topflight clubs come from.
Security chief Eduardo Villalba hopes the extreme measures will help tackle the issue of violence in the embattled league and said: “It will allow us to use fewer policemen in the operations…. It will allow us to avoid the issue of escorting football fans, which has been taking place recently. It will maybe allow us to be more vigilant from the point of view of the police, organisers and security”.
Worryingly, trouble also occurs often between rival factions of hooligan gangs from the same club, which was the case only last month when two Boca Juniors fans were killed in a shootout between fellow supporters.
The new season and the new away rules for fans started this weekend.