CONMEBOL statement, Liverpool stance - Everything we know on Darwin Nunez altercation

Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez was caught up in an altercation at Copa America after Uruguay were beaten by Colombia
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Liverpool are awaiting further details after forward Darwin Nunez was caught up in an altercation following Uruguay's Copa America exit.

Nunez, who played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Colombia, could be seen fighting with opposing fans after it is alleged members of his family were targeted at the Bank of America Stadium. Later pictured consoling his daughter on the pitch, the 25-year-old jumped into the crowd before also attempting to throw a chair at sections of supporters.

With ugly scenes transpiring following the full-time whistle, international team-mate of Nunez, Jose Maria Gimenez, explained that the welfare of their families remained the priority as fans ran for cover whilst also trying to escape the altercations in the stands.

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Here's everything we know so far on the situation, with Liverpool yet to comment on the matter as Nunez prepares to return to Merseyside in the next few days ahead of the new 2024/25 Premier League season...

CONMEBOL statement

With Uruguay eliminated from the tournament, officials on the ground were forced to clear up the matter with a final still to be played in just a few days between Argentina and Colombia. Condemning the violence seen in the US, a full investigation into the matter is set to be launched.

“Our work is based on the conviction that soccer connects and unites us through its positive values," the organization said. "There is no place for intolerance and violence on and off the field. We invite everyone in the remaining days to pour all of their passion into cheering on their national teams and having an unforgettable party.”

Altercations with family involved

Known to be a family man himself, it appears as if Nunez was merely trying to protect his loved ones from any danger after the defeat. With Colombia supporters attempting to rile up the Liverpool forward, punches appeared to be thrown as anger grew stronger and stronger inside the stands.

The former Benfica man was seemingly hit in the face before he attempted to launch an attack of his own. “Colombian fans in a certain section descended on all our families. Our families were in danger. We had to rush into the stands to remove our loved ones with tiny newborn babies," said Gimenez in his post-match media duties.

Liverpool yet to comment

Neither Liverpool nor Nunez are yet to realise any kind of communication on the matter. Speculation over a potential ban or fine has emerged but until a full detailed version of events is made public, we cannot say what this means for the Reds forward.

It is understood the club are working to establish the facts and their football leadership intends to get in touch with Nunez once the time difference to the US allows an opportunity to do so in the coming days.

Suarez provides further context

Former Liverpool cult hero Luis Suarez, who featured as a late substitute, provided further information on the brawl that ensued, insisting that he felt Nunez was right to defend his family in a hostile situation. "Obviously if someone is attacking your family you want to go and defend them but that doesn't justify the image that it created," he began.

"We had to protect our families that were there. What I could see there was a lot of family, a lot of children of my team-mates who were trapped and things were falling on them and you felt helpless."