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Peñarol, Nacional footballers spend night in jail after on-pitch battle

Nine footballers representing Uruguayan giants Nacional and Peñarol spent yesterday evening under arrest, and will today be taken to court after a vicious fight erupted during a friendly match between the two teams.

The held players are Santiago García, Leonardo Burián, Ignacio González, Diego Arismendi and Darwin Torres, of Nacional, and Peñarol's Fabián Estoyanoff, Carlos Núñez, Jonathan Sandoval and Jorge Rodríguez.

"They have been detained and tomorrow [for Wednesday] they will all go to court to give testimony," Peñarol chief of security Washington Vega explained to reporters.

The players were identified by police as the main participants of a fight which broke out in the final minutes of the derby clash, which forced a six-minute stoppage and led to two players from each side (García, González, Núñez y Estoyanoff) receiving red cards.

Lawyers from both clubs informed that judge Blanca Rieiro was scheduled to take statements from those accused today. The maximum penalty under Uruguayan law for similar public aggression allows for up to two years in prison for those found guilty.
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