The man who many suspect of having been behind the murder of Gonzalo Acro broke his silence on Thursday to speak out yet again about his innocence in the affair from his hideaway. Alan Schlenker, the capo of Los Borrachos del Tablón, River Plate’s hooligan gang, insisted – not for the first time – that he’d had nothing to do with the shooting, and tried to explain why he’d therefore gone on the run from the authorities…
‘There’s a mafioso organisation after me,’ deadpanned Schlenker, apparently without a trace of irony. ‘Going on the run is a method I’ve had to resort to due to an injustice which is seriously affecting my life.’ Asked about Acro, Schlenker insisted that he didn’t know why the young man – who had been the right-hand man of Adrián Rousseau, involved for the last couple of years in a struggle with Schlenker over the leadership of Los Borrachos – was killed.
He went further, stating that Rousseau has become, ‘the armed force of [River president] José María Aguilar.’ He also accused Rousseau of having intimidated other members of the boardroom who had been opposed to last season’s sale of Gonzalo Higuaín to Real Madrid (a transfer some of the heirarchy of Los Borrachos are widely thought to have taken a cut from).
‘I love the club, and I’ve fought for the club, but I don’t have any economic interest in it. I’ve fought many times, always with my hands, at most with a belt, but nothing more… I’m a good person. I know that I’m innocent, and I have a clean conscience. I need the strong support of the people, of the media, to investigate the depths of this story,’ and he went on.
Gonzalo Acro’s father, along, one suspects, with most of Argentina, doesn’t believe any of Schlenker’s protestations of innocence.