Video: Uruguayan 'friendly' ends in chaotic brawl and nine players being arrested

Posted by Chris Wright

Tuesday evening saw Nacional and Penarol meet for a supposedly 'friendly' incarnation of the two Montevideo-based sides' often brutal Clasico Charrua derby.

Those with any experience of South American derbies can probably predict what came next -- indeed, the last time Nacional and Penarol met in a mid-season friendly back in January of 2013, Uruguayan football in its entirety was duly suspended for ten days due to the extreme violence that engulfed the fixture.

And lo, the inevitable happened, with a nasty challenge from Penarol's Carlos Nunez sparking a chaotic mass brawl with ten minutes left to play, which resulted in a six-minute stoppage, two players from each side being shown red cards and nine -- count 'em, nine! -- players spending the night in police custody.

That's got to be some kind of record!

The fighting breaks out at the 2:25 mark on this 'ere 'highlights' package...

After the game, Penarol's chief of security, Washington Vega, confirmed to the press that nine players had been arrested and detained (four from Penarol, five from Nacional) and were all due in court the following morning to give testimony.

Oh, Nacional won 1-0 if you were wondering.


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.