Liverpool approach on Darwin Nunez incident clear following mass brawl with fans

Darwin Nunez was at the centre of a mass brawl between Uruguay players and Colombian supporters
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Liverpool chiefs are planning to contact Darwin Nunez in the wake of the Uruguayan forward's involvement in a mass brawl in the stands at the Copa America semi-final.

The Reds striker played the full 90 minutes of his country's 1-0 loss versus Columbia as they crashed out of the competition at the last four stage. The headlines have since been dominated by the fallout from the melee which ensued on the terraces between rival supporters, however.

Overshadowing the events of the game itself, Nunez was among several Uruguay players who were pictured entering the crowd as the fracas developed at Bank of America Stadium. The 25-year-old was filmed being punched in the skirmish by fans clad in Columbia's yellow jersey, while defending himself.

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It was suggested afterwards by Luis Suarez and Jose Maria Gimenez that Nunez and teammates Ronald Araujo, Matias Vina and Mathias Olivera had acted to "protect" and "defend" their family members who were in the crowd. Now, Liverpool's chiefs are resolving to look into the matter to "establish the facts" behind what occurred in North Carolina.

According to the Athletic's James Pearce on Twitter/X, the Merseysiders will be in contact with their player when "time difference allows". He reported that the club's priority will be to check on the "welfare" of the player and his family, while also getting in contact with Uruguay's soccer governing body.

In a statement on the incident, Ignacio Alonso, the president of the Uruguayan Football Association, said: "Uruguay's players had an instinctive, natural reaction, which is to defend the children who were suffering aggressions, their wives, parents, siblings. It is a natural, instinctive reaction that occurred with rationality for what the events that were happening were.

Darwin Nunez was involved in a mass brawl following Uruguay's defeat to Colombia
Darwin Nunez was involved in a mass brawl following Uruguay's defeat to Colombia -Credit:Getty Images

"The main authority of the AUF also referred to the incidents that occurred in the vicinity of the box in which the Uruguayan directors were. We were in a box, where we had some aggressions and we protected some children, opening the place to some children who were afraid and with some crisis, but fundamentally what worries is what happened down on the field, where there was more diligence for repair than for precaution.

"They quickly complied with the evacuation protocol and we were able to resolve it, not without some inconvenience that you all saw."

South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL also issued a statement on the matter as they placed emphasis on a zero tolerance approach to violence. They said: "CONMEBOL strongly condemns any act of violence that affects football.

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