Paraguayan hooligans attack Argentine fans in Libertadores Cup

Paraguayan hooligans attacked several Argentine soccer fans who were being treated in a hospital in Paraguay's capital Asuncion for cuts and scrapes sustained during a regional tournament match, Argentine media sources reported Friday.

The incident occurred Thursday following a Libertadores Cup game between Paraguayan team Olimpia and Argentine team Newell's, during which rocks and stones hailed on Newell's fans.

Media reports said about a dozen hooligans "armed with sticks and knives" burst into Asuncion's Emergency Medical Center Thursday night and attacked the Argentine fans, sending them running through the hospital hallways looking for cover.

The sole guard on duty was unable to control the situation, until police arrived at the scene minutes later and arrested three of the hooligans, including a 19-year-old.

Olimpia defeated Newell's 4-1 at Asuncion's Defensores del Chaco Stadium, moving into the lead of Group 7 of the Libertadores Cup.

Both teams have qualified to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament, considered the most important regional competition for private soccer clubs.

Philippines News agency