Independiente’s barrabravas bristle at “no cash” pledge
Argentinaâ€™s soccer hooligans appear to warm up for a new championship just like their teams with Independienteâ€™s ‘barrabravas’ threatening trouble at an off-season friendly after being told by the clubâ€™s new administration â€śthere is no cashâ€ť.
The impoverished giants from Avellaneda, record seven-times South American champions, voted in new president Javier Cantero last month who at once confronted the hardcore fansÂ and told them they would get no funds.
It is common practice in Argentina for barrabravas to demand and get match tickets and funding to travel to away matches under threat of violence in a never-ending cycle of impunity.
Independiente played San Lorenzo in a friendly on ThursdayÂ in Mar del Plata where the barrabravas made their discontent felt with insulting chants at the board and threats against club members and peaceful fans in adjacent stands.
After a meeting with Cantero right after his election victory, barrabrava leader Pablo â€śBeboteâ€ť (babe) Alvarez announced his resignation as leader as if he held an official position, though he is likely to re-emerge during the Clausura championship that kicks off next month.
Cantero called the barrabravas mercenaries, which drew an angry response at Thursdayâ€™s game, and told Alvarez the club was destitute and â€śthere is no cash for anyoneâ€ť.
He told local media he was not afraid of the hooligans but rather â€śI fear the public scorn of 58,000 club members for not delivering what I said (during the election campaign). I said there was no money for anyone and thatâ€™s how it will beâ€ť.
Can Cantero continue his rare stand against the barrabravas?