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Just one person has been arrested for the attack on Boca Juniors’ bus

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Boca Juniors head into the rearranged Copa Libertadores final match at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu feeling as though they have been dealt a bad hand throughout the entire ordeal, and it’s emerged that just one person has been arrested in connection with the attack on their team bus.

Stones and bottles pelted the vehicle as it made its way to the Estadio El Monumental ahead of what was supposed to be the climax of a hugely exciting Copa Libertadores campaign.

With the initial onslaught having broken the windows on the coach, the police response to indiscriminately fire tear gas had a disastrous impact, with the match having to be postponed for two successive days.

Matias Sebastian Nicolas Firpo, 31, is the single individual arrested in connection with the crime, and he was stopped on the day of the match by Buenos Aires police.

Firpo was known to be a River Plate supporter but not a registered member of the club’s Ultra fan group, however, when his address was searched his season ticket showed a change in his appearance.

Videos recorded by other fans nearby captured Firpo attacking the bus, yet all further CCTV images of him showed him to have a different hairstyle.

Despite the addition of a baseball cap, sunglasses and a wig, the supporter was caught out by images captured by River Plate‘s own security cameras due to the fact he was wearing the exact same clothing as during the time of the attack on the bus.

After a brief trial on the charge of criminal damage and disrupting a sporting event, Firpo was handed a jail sentence of two years and four months, as reported by Clarin.

However, due to the nature of the defence put forward by Firpo‘s lawyer, it’s likely he will simply have to serve 180 days community service and not be permitted access to sporting events for the entirety of his initial sentence.

Police in Buenos Aires continue to try and identify anybody else involved in the incident which occurred back on November 24.

This story was originally published by Marca

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