April 17, 2014
River fear stadium ban after fan attack on player
River Plate could face a stadium ban after a fan threw a piece of wood and hit Godoy Cruz defender Leandro Grimi as he celebrated scoring the equaliser in his team's 2-1 upset win.
Godoy Cruz claimed three valuable points in their fight against relegation with a winning goal in added time from Julio Rodriguez when River were down to 10-men after the 68th-minute dismissal for two bookings of Colombian defender Eder Balanta.
River issued a statement today condemning the incident and said they were working with state and private security bodies to find the culprit and ensure he was banned from the club.
"You can't punish 50,000 fans because of one idiot who causes damage. He evidently broke off a part of the stand because he didn't get in (to the stadium) with that (wood)," said club president Rodolfo D'Onofrio.
"We're searching for him on the cameras to identify him and apply the maximum sanction... to expel him. We don't want people like that coming into a football ground ever again," he told TyC Sports.
Grimi, who had spells with AC Milan, Portuguese club Sporting and Genk between 2007 and 2013, was unhurt and made light of the incident.
"Unfortunately here in Argentina because of (the actions of) a few everyone has to pay. They were probably 10 (hooligans) and then all River's fans can't come to the ground," the defender told reporters anticipating a stadium ban.