Shocking scenes follow dramatic relegation.
One of the great clubs of South American football, River Plate, have been relegated from the Argentine first division for the first time in their 110-year history.
River needed to win by two clear goals to escape dropping to the country’s “B” league.
But the team managed only a 1-1 draw against Belgrano de Cordoba.
The match, held in River’s stadium in Buenos Aires, had to be abandoned in the final minute, amid chaotic scenes.
Police fired water cannon up into the stands, following a pitch invasion by furious River fans.
And they had to escort players from both teams from the field, as home supporters hurled a barrage of objects over the perimeter fence.
The violence continued after the game, with clashes outside the stadium between hardcore fans and helmeted riot police, as helicopters hovered overhead.
More than 2,000 police had been deployed before the game in an unparalleled security operation for a club game.
Medical sources report that at least 25 people have been injured. (BBC Sport)
Make no mistake, this is shocking. River Plate are arguably the biggest team in South America and for the Buenos Aires side to suffer relegation to Primera B Nacional is a landmark occasion that the Argentine giants did not want to see occur.
The manner in which their fate was sealed was as dramatic as it was symbolic. River Plate needed to win by two goals to avoid the drop and went 1-0 up after just five minutes through Mariano Pavone to send the home crowd into raptures, however the same player also missed a penalty and the final 1-1 score saw opponents Belgrano, from Cordoba, promoted and sent Los Millonarios down.
Queue chaotic riotous scenes that were as predictable as they were unsavoury.