It’s all happening in La Plata

Both La Plata sides are in the headlines a week and a day before the city’s clásico, for different reasons. Gimnasia got back to winning ways and kept Newell’s miserable away run in the Apertura going, beating them 2-0 in the Estadio Municipal last night in the postponed 12th round match. Lucas Landa and Ignacio ‘not Pablo’ Piatti scored the goals and Newell’s were, apparently, just plain rubbish.

Rather more dramatic news for Estudiantes, though: Fabián Gianota, the capo of their barra brava, has been named as a suspect in the murder of three policemen last Friday.

The policemen had been in charge of looking after the communications chief of the Ministry of Security, and until today it was widely assumed that the murder had something – however murky and unclear – to do with Sunday’s national presidential elections, not that many were able to guess what exactly. And indeed, given recent history (Gianota was one of the barras of various clubs involved in violent scenes when Juan Domingo Perón’s body was moved to a different cemetry earlier in the year), there’s no guarantee this is a football-related crime either. But it’s a crime committed by a man with a powerful influence in the footballing world of La Plata, and once again it’s something Argentine football is going to have to try and deal with…

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