One person dies as police fire tear gas at Gimnasia y Esgrima fans in La Plata, Argentina

A woman and her son react to police throwing tear gas

At least one person died as police clashed with football fans trying to push into an Argentine league match on Thursday night, with the referee stopping the match as clouds of tear gas filled the stadium.

According to authorities, fans of the home team, Gimnasia y Esgrima, struggled to enter the already full stadium, and police resorted to firing rubber bullets and tear gas to try to get the crowd to retreat.

The incident came less than a week after the use of tear gas outside a football match in Indonesia set off a crush that left 131 people dead.

A woman and her son react to police throwing tear gas

Woman and her son, fans of Gimnasia y Esgrima, react to police throwing tear gas outside the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium in La Plata, Argentina at Thursday’s match against Boca Juniors

Fans of Gimnasia y Esgrima invade the pitch after police set off tear gas at the match between Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Boca Juniors in La Plata, Argentina

Fans of Gimnasia y Esgrima invade the pitch after police set off tear gas at the match between Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Boca Juniors in La Plata, Argentina

Gimnasia y Esgrima react after the police threw tear gas outside the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium in La Plata on Thursday

Gimnasia y Esgrima react after the police threw tear gas outside the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium in La Plata on Thursday

Nine minutes into Thursday night’s match between Gimnasia and Boca Juniors, referee Hernan Mastrangelo suspended play.

The league said on Twitter that the match referee reacted because of the lack of security.

Players retreated to their changing rooms, and many spectators flooded onto the field trying to escape the tear gas. Chaos continued outside the stadium as fans choked on the police’s tear gas.

Parents were pictured holding their children and pulling jumpers over their mouths. Other children were separated from their parents during the incident on Thursday evening.

‘Unfortunately there is one person dead. He died of a heart problem,’ Sergio Berni, the province’s security minister, told broadcaster Todo Noticias.

Mr Berni gave no further details about the circumstances in which that person died.

Gimnasia y Esgrima players run on to the pitch and cover their mouths after police set off tear gas at the match on Thursday

Gimnasia y Esgrima players run on to the pitch and cover their mouths after police set off tear gas at the match on Thursday

Gimnasia y Esgrima fans get to safety and cover their mouths, trying not to breath in the tear gas

Gimnasia y Esgrima fans get to safety and cover their mouths, trying not to breath in the tear gas

Young children react as police throw tear gas at fans attending the match between Gimnasia y Egrima and Boca Juniors

Young children react as police throw tear gas at fans attending the match between Gimnasia y Egrima and Boca Juniors

The horrific pictures show some fans scaling fences to escape the smoke, and carrying their young children to protection from the crush.

Only Gimnasia fans were in Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium in La Plata, as Buenos Aires province banned supporters of visiting teams from matches in 2013 amid frequent outbreaks of violence.

The Argentine Football Association posted a statement on Twitter condemning the incident in La Plata.

‘The AFA strongly repudiates the events that took place today in the vicinity of Gimnasia stadium and expresses its commitment to continue working to eradicate this kind of incidents that tarnishes the spirit of football.’

Players react after police fired tear gas and entered the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium during the Argentine Professional Football League match between Gimnasia y Egrima and Boca Juniors in La Plata, Argentina

Players react after police fired tear gas and entered the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium during the Argentine Professional Football League match between Gimnasia y Egrima and Boca Juniors in La Plata, Argentina

Fans react after police fired tear gas and entered the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium at the match on Thursday

Fans react after police fired tear gas and entered the Juan Carmelo Zerillo stadium at the match on Thursday

Fans choke on tear gas and run on the pitch during the match between Gimnasia y Egrima and Boca Juniors

Fans choke on tear gas and run on the pitch during the match between Gimnasia y Egrima and Boca Juniors

A woman comforts her son after police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at fans at the match in La Plata on Thursday

A woman comforts her son after police fire rubber bullets and tear gas at fans at the match in La Plata on Thursday

No new date was announced for resuming the match.

Some fans claimed there had been overselling of tickets amid excitement over the encounter between two teams fighting for the league title, saying people likely became anger when they could not get into the stadium.

In its security protocols, FIFA advises against the use of tear gas in or around stadiums in order to avoid risky situations such as in La Plata or in the Indonesian city of Malanga last Saturday, when many of the dead were crushed to death during the stampede of fans.

During the incident in Indonesia earlier this week, thousands of fans rushed onto the pitch with police firing tear gas in response. During the crush, and with people trying to escape, fans were trampled, with 133 killed.

131 people died at Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, Indonesia, as fans invaded the pitch and police responded with tear gas last Saturday, October 1

131 people died at Kanjuruhan stadium in Malang, Indonesia, as fans invaded the pitch and police responded with tear gas last Saturday, October 1

Fans invade the soccer field after the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, Indonesia.  A total of 133 people died in the stadium crush

Fans invade the soccer field after the match between Arema FC and Persebaya Surabaya at Kanjuruhan Stadium, Malang, Indonesia. A total of 133 people died in the stadium crush

Many fans fell to the ground, losing consciousness. Some reports suggested that the tear gas meant fans were unable to breathe and starved of oxygen.

Outside the stadium, further riots broke out with tensions boiling over between supporters. Cars were set ablaze and bricks were thrown at passing vehicles.

A total of 133 people were killed with at least 180 people injured.

The Indonesian football association continues to review the incident. The Indonesian FA also suspended all league matches for one week following the tragedy, while Arema will not be permitted to host any more home matches for the rest of the season.

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