Liverpool plan for Darwin Nunez as club prepare response to shocking scenes at Copa America

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Liverpool are aware of the incident involving Darwin Nunez overnight at the Copa America but will be making no comment until all facts are established.

Nunez was caught on several videos in the early hours of Thursday morning brawling with Colombia supporters after Uruguay's 1-0 defeat to Luis Diaz's side in the semi-final of the tournament in the United States.

At the end of the match a fight appeared to break out between a number of people in the stands with a shirtless Nunez eventually becoming heavily involved in the scuffle. The Liverpool striker can be seen appearing to strike at a number of Colombia’s followers before he is forcibly restrained in what were shocking post-match images in North Carolina.

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It is has been suggested the Reds' No.9 was stepping in to defend his family as the mass brawl began between both sets of fans and Nunez could later be seen consoling his young son on the pitch after the melee had died down after initially climbing up to the area where his partner, Lorena Manas, was watching the game alongside other supporters.

The former Benfica striker can be seen scaling the railing after the game to get closer to where the clashes started and he appeared to react angrily before security at the stadium eventually held him back.

The forward could later be seen on another video attempting to hurl a chair towards a number of Colombia fans giving him and his team-mates abuse before it was removed from his hand and he was visibly pulled back by his international colleagues.

Liverpool will reach out to Nunez when the time difference allows them to check in on his and his family's welfare after a distressing evening in Charlotte. North Carolina is five hours behind the UK.

The club will also speak directly to the Uruguay Football Federation to get their version of events and it's understood no official statement will be imminent with Anfield officials keen to establish all the facts around the ugly scenes before determining the best course of action.

Jefferson Lerma scored the winning goal for Colombia before Daniel Munoz was sent off and Reds winger Diaz is now set for a head-to-head with his fellow Liverpool star Alexis Mac Allister in Miami in the early hours of Monday morning, UK time.

“Colombian fans in a certain section descended on all our families,” said defender Jose Maria Gimenez. “They they won’t let us speak on the microphone. This is a disaster, our families were in danger. We had to rush into the stands to remove our loved ones with tiny newborn babies.

“It’s a total disaster. There wasn’t a single police officer. They showed up half an hour later. A disaster. And we were there, standing up for ourselves, for our loved ones.”

Ignacio Alonso, the president of the Uruguayan Football Association, said the players had a "natural, instinctive reaction" towards defending their families in quotes carried by ESPN.

Mr Alonso 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.

"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."

The actions of the players have raised the prospect of potential bans but South American football's governing body CONMEBOL steered clear of mentioning sanctions at this stage in a statement released on Thursday morning.

"CONMEBOL strongly condemns any act of violence that occurs in soccer Our work is based on the conviction that football connects and unites us, through its positive values," it read.

"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."