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Two fans of Argentina's Newell's Old Boys club were shot dead by a supporter of a rival football club after a match, police said Monday. Besides the two Newell's fans, a 29-year-old woman and a nine-year-old girl traveling in the same vehicle were wounded in the hail of bullets fired from a motorcycle by the assailant, who was wearing a T-shirt of the Rosario Central club.

Two men aged 34 and 39 were killed, police said. Shortly before the shooting, the driver of the vehicle and the man on the motorcycle had been arguing as they drove along near Newell's stadium Sunday night after a match between Newell's and Lanus.

Newell's Old Boys and Rosario Central are the two main clubs in Rosario, a port city 300 kilometers (180 miles) from Buenos Aires.

Fan violence at Argentine football matches has grown so dangerous that authorities have banned fans from rival teams from games, restricting attendance to club members. In 2013, nine people have lost their lives in violent confrontations between football fans, and in 2012 a dozen people were killed.


I've never really understood how people come to support a team that play their games hundreds of miles away from where they were born. I've come to the conclusion most people lean towards a team that is having success at the time they first become interested in the sport.

Before television things were a lot different, with everyone already having a team to support from the day they were born.

You were only given one choice, and that was to support the team your parents and grandparents had followed throughout their lives. A team that all your friends and neighbors also supported.

To a certain extent, this is still mostly true in Europe today, where the area you were born in dictates the team you will support, hence the expression "the red or blue side of Manchester", or whether you will grow up supporting Roma or Lazio. In Spain, the team you support also has political implications with Real Madrid seen as Franco’s team for a United Spain while Barcelona has been the rebels fighting for regional autonomy.