Uruguayan Darwin Nunez and other players fight with fans after crushing Copa America semi-final loss in Charlotte

After a heated 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the Copa America semi-final in Charlotte, Uruguayan players, including Darwin Nunez, entered the stands and brawled with Colombian fans. The scuffle with the Uruguayan team broke out after drinks were thrown at the players as they approached the stands, where fans of both teams were already getting physical.

Nunez was seen fighting with fans after a drink was thrown at them, while others, including injured Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo and Midtjylland midfielder Emiliano Martinez, were also involved.

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When asked about the incident after the match, Uruguay coach Marcelo Bielsa said the following:

“I didn't see that. I thought the incident ended with some fights in midfield and when I saw that happening I went to the dressing room,” Bielsa said. “I thought they were thanking the fans for their support, but then I heard that unfortunately there were some problems there.”

CONMEBOL also has released the following statement:

“CONMEBOL strongly condemns all violent acts that affect football. Our work is based on the belief that football unites and connects us through its positive values. There is no place for intolerance and violence on and off the pitch. We invite everyone to put all their passion into supporting their national teams for the remaining days and celebrate an unforgettable party.”

Suspensions are sure to come after such an ugly post-match moment. Both the Uruguayan and Colombian players had to be separated in midfield after the final whistle before this happened. After the match, Uruguayan defender Jose Giminez blamed the incident on a lack of security. He said he went there to protect his family and accused fans of drinking too much and causing trouble.

“This is a disaster, our families are in danger. Not a single police officer,” said Gimenez.

At soccer matches around the world, it’s common for stewards to surround sections of fans to keep players safe, but that wasn’t on display in Charlotte when the fight broke out. Gimenez called for changes, which is also important because the United States will also host the 2026 World Cup along with Canada and Mexico, and FIFA doesn’t want an incident even close to this to happen. There will be more time to prepare for that tournament instead of the Copa America that was originally scheduled to be held in Ecuador, but there are lessons to be learned from that event.

While not as large-scale, it does have similarities to Malice at the Palace in 2004, which occurred late in the game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in NBA action. Pistons center Ben Wallace and Pacers forward Ron Artest got into an on-court brawl, but when a drink was thrown at Artest, he charged into the crowd, grabbed a fan, and started a brawl. Nine players were suspended for the brawl, leaving the question of what disciplinary action will be taken. Artest received the heaviest suspension of the remainder of the season, which consisted of 73 regular-season games and 13 playoff games. The tricky part is that CONMEBOL can impose a ban on Nunez and the Uruguay players, but that might not have any consequences for him at Liverpool. The punishments are still pending.

It was already a tense match in front of a sold-out crowd when Colombian right-back Daniel Munoz was sent off with a red card in the first half, but Los Cafeteros held on for the win as Uruguay missed their attacking chances. Nunez was among those who had four shots on target, none of which were on target. With the match already having seen 23 fouls and eight yellow cards, tensions had been high all night, but they boiled over.

In terms of the match, James Rodriguez's sixth assist in the Copa America on a goal by Jefferson Lerma proved crucial as Colombia now go on a 28th consecutive unbeaten run.

Colombia will now play Argentina in the Copa America final on July 14 in Miami Gardens, while Uruguay will face Canada in the third-place match in Charlotte on July 13.

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