The only half-interesting story of the pre-season at the moment is the fallout from an extraordinary on-pitch scrap engaged in by San Lorenzo’s star striker Gonzalo Bergessio during a friendly against Uruguayan club El General. On Thursday he had a coming-together with the hosts’ Gusmán Elizarzú, and by common consent it was the other bloke what came off worse.
The match was supposed to be a friendly, but Bergessio has a reputation as a competitive spirit and even though the opponents were amateurs and the setting was a pre-season warmup game. After being caught by Elizarzú’s left hand and cut on his nose and cheek by a ring on the defender’s hand, Bergessio let fly and ended up taking on most of the home team. The match, being won 2-0 by San Lorenzo at the time, was called off five minutes before half time.
‘I’m good. Impeccable,’ Elizarzú told Olé afterwards. ‘I don’t know what happened to Bergessio. He was in a rage, he fought with everyone… he took issue with me because I put my best foot forward and asked him to calm down a bit. Not to be such an idiot, because it was only a friendly. He told me that I was a piece of shit and that he was going to kill me.’ What a charming picture to paint.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, San Lorenzo’s official site carries no news about this fight. Perhaps there’s a simple explanation though: the home side’s kit. The recent clásicos against River Plate have been probably the nastiest set of derbies in Argentina, and El General dress in… white shirts with a red sash. Mystery solved.