Animales: Civilization and Barbarism in Argentine Soccer

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Record crowd of over 120,000 expected to see England in Argentina play at River Plate Stadium. Brief comments from both head coaches (Stabile and Winterbottom). About 3.3 million pesos earning for the Argentine Football Association.

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Interesting notes here, including the names of the eight British referees (L.E. Gibbs, C.J. Dean, H. Hartles, D. Gregory, J.W. Provan, W.J. Brown, J.S. Cox, and A. W. White) and the attendance of Oscar Nicolini (president of AFA), various club…

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British referees make their debut at the start of the 1948 first division season. The Buenos Aires Herald notes that the foreign officials "controlled all the games, and each one did a definitely good job of work."

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Police announce a series of measures to curb fan disorders, including stationing retired policeman at ticket windows to monitor the resale of tickets, barring spectators from bringing objects into stadiums that could inflict damage, and prosecuting…

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Fan disorder leads to police using tear gas canisters at a match between Newell's Old Boys and San Lorenzo in Rosario. "Women Faint; Reporters Flee"

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Two articles on the violent (and still notorious) match between Chile and Italy that became symbolic of the ills of "modern" and "anti"'fútbol. Another note explains how two Italian players, Ferrini and David, were expelled from the match against…

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Tomás Sánchez de Bustamante, a club member of Huracán, threatened the life of a referee and is promptly banned from attending any match for two years. It is unclear if AFA possessed the ability to prevent his entry to stadiums; however, it is worth…

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Mario Linker (although not mentioned by name here) died at a soccer match due to excessive force by the police. AFA moves to honor the victim, tend to his family, and assess the causes of his death--including excessive force (although the police, nor…

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Linesman is assailed by fan in this brief roundup of weekly soccer

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The persistent danger referees faced in Argentine stadiums receives humorous attention in these cartoons. This shows how commonplace it was for referees to receive abusive treatment.
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