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Will Darwin Nunez be suspended and fined for punching fans during Uruguay’s third-place match against Canada in the Copa America?

Darwin Nunez has landed himself in hot water. The semi-final clash of the 2024 Copa America between Uruguay and Colombia turned into a fiasco when a group of Colombia fans clashed with the Uruguayan star and his teammates over the safety of their families. Although the Liverpool star had his reasons for attacking the fans, the question arises whether Nunez will be suspended or fined for his conduct during the third-place match against Canada.

Marcelo Bielsa and company failed to turn the tables after conceding a first-half goal against 10-man Los Cafeteros, but tensions flared after Nunez climbed into the stands at the Bank of America Stadium and confronted Colombian fans. The rival fans were drunk and allegedly abused the Liverpool star’s family, forcing the 25-year-old to attack them and throw punches in the air. That certainly constitutes physical assault and puts him in a negative spotlight.

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Once again, Nunez had all the right reasons to take this step. As they say, “desperate times, desperate measures,” the striker’s family was in danger. They could have been physically harmed, which would have made matters worse. Perhaps further investigation by Copa America officials will clarify whether he will be able to play in the third-place match against Canada.

It is worth noting that, in addition to Nunez, the life of Manuel Ugarte’s mother was also at risk, because Apparently she fainted. during the brawl. Fortunately, medics quickly arrived at the scene to save her. Thankfully, Ugarte’s mother regained consciousness later. Hence, it is unlikely that action will be taken against any of the Uruguayan players. Even if they are, Colombia must also prepare for the consequences!

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Darwin Nunez will not be alone, as Colombia may also suffer the consequences of a violent clash

Interestingly, if Darwin Nunez is suspended or fined, Colombia could also face consequences. Néstor Lorenzo’s team could be forced to play the Copa America final against Argentina in Miami without fans, or even without them at all. Otherwise, there is a possibility that the finalist could have to pay a significant CONMEBOL fine for the violent behavior of their fans.

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Of course, it cannot be denied that fans have certain rights when it comes to cheering from the stands. However, this time it was different because the Colombian fans literally crossed the line by abusing and trying to hurt the loved ones of Uruguayan players. As president of La Celeste he also supported the reaction of his players it was completely natural, anyone would be angry if it was about family.

Regardless, the final decision rests with the tournament stakeholders. We advise them to dig into the matter and seek justice.