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FOOTBALL: Uruguay's Football Association resigns over violence at games

Published:Tuesday | April 1, 2014 | 2:29 PM

The entire board of Uruguay's Football Association has resigned amid a crisis over violence at football games.

The board says it had taken the decision to "allow other political views to govern our football".

Last week, President Jose Mujica withdrew police protection from the home stadiums of Penarol and Nacional, Uruguay's most popular teams, following post-match violence.

On Wednesday, Nacional fans fought with police after their team was beaten.

Dozens of officers were injured in clashes with fans in the capital, Montevideo.

Despite the lack of security following the police withdrawal, the association ordered teams to play their matches as usual.

However, the players' union refused.

Analysts have suggested that Uruguay could be barred from this summer's World Cup in Brazil if world football governing body, FIFA, decides there has been political interference.


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