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Argentine Football Fans Assault Huracan Team In Changing Rooms After Cup Defeat

19/04/2013 11:05 BST | Updated 19/04/2013 11:13 BST

Losing a Cup match often leads to grumbling from the stands and players can expect some verbal abuse or 'banter' as it's often referred to these days. But to be beaten up in the showers?

That's what happened to players of Argentine club, Huracan, after a training session this week.

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Huracan fans aren't averse to violence. Here they clash with police after a match against Argentinos Juniors in 2010

Dozens of masked fans broke into the changing rooms the day after Huracan had been knocked out of the Copa Argentina by Godoy Cruz on penalties on Wednesday.

Coach Jose Maria said the players were confronted by 'barras bravas' [hooligans] armed with sticks whilst they were having showers after Thursday's training session.

"They hit some of the lads," Maria said. "When we left, the physical trainer's car and some others had been scratched and the tyres burst.

"There were eight other cars in that state. They also took money from players."

It looks as though the atackers were well organised as they arrived at the stadium in two buses, according to the club's president, Alejandro Nadur.

What makes it even more inexplicable is that Huracan didn't even lose to lower league opposition - Godoy Cruz are in the first division.