No funny business at Independiente, where club president Julio Comparada begins a new term in charge of the club. With the elections at Racing still a few days away, the controversy for now has been in Rosario. After fourteen years, there have been presidential elections at Newell’s Old Boys, and the incumbent Eduardo López was beaten. The scenes around El Coloso haven’t been pretty since…
The elections at the Rosario club were held on Sunday, and hours after the results were announced, members of the barra brava linked to outgoing president López broke into the stadium and ransacked the club’s property. ‘They even took the desks,’ a spokesman for new president Guillermo Lorente told Rosario newspaper La Capital.
The thieves drew up at El Coloso Del Parque and took, among many other things, an electricity generator, air conditioning units and computers. They also broke into the kitrooms at the club’s senior and junior training complexes and took training kits, match-day kits and balls along with other equipment. A source from the club also told the newspaper that it seemed someone had opened the door to allow them into the kitroom at Malvinas, the youth sides’ training venue.
Showing little regard for the club’s history, the barras even smashed a bust of Isaac Newell, the founder of the club.
‘We want to know whether [the training venues] actually belong to Newell’s,’ president Lorente told the press, referring to the fact that, under López, Newell’s had failed to pay bills and taxes to the city. Newell’s under López were more totally under the control of the barras than probably any other club in the Primera A, and these robberies are a spectacular way to say goodbye to an era most true fans of the club will be happy to see the back of.
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