Peru’s El Clasico between Universitario and Alianza Lima was overshadowed by post-match events as an Alianza supporter was pushed to his death from the second tier of the south stand, seemingly by a member of Universitario’s barra.
Emotions were high following a dramatic end to the match that saw Universitario grab an injury time goal to run out 2-1 winners and this spilled over to the private boxes after the final whistle, where scuffles broke out between opposing supporters.
During this conflict 23-year old Walter Arturo Oyarce Rodríguez was pushed from the private box area, falling 30 metres to the ground below. Despite the quick attention of medical staff, he died in the ambulance on his way to a local hospital after suffering severe head injuries and multiple trauma fractures elsewhere on his body.
In the aftermath of the incident Alianza president Guillermo Alarcon confirmed that he intends to lead a boycott of Universitario’s Monumental stadium until better safety and security measures are put in place. “They attacked my family, everyone in attendance, there was no security,” he told El Comercio. “I have told Mr Sanchez [Enrique, a director of Universitario] that I will ask for a boycott of the stadium as we cannot allow such violence.”
Universitario, for their part, have indicated through their legal counsel Gustavo Simeón Rojas that the private boxes are privately owned and therefore do not fall under the club’s supervision. Club president Julio Pacheco is expected to make a statement on the matter shortly.