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Luis Suarez in heated argument with ex-Everton star in ill-tempered Copa America clash

Luis Suarez shouts during Uruguay's defeat to Colombia in the Copa America semi-finals
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It won’t come as a surprise to Liverpool fans to learn that Luis Suarez was up to his old tricks as Uruguay’s clash with Colombia turned nasty.

It was the latter that booked its place in the final of the Copa America, thanks to Jefferson Lerma’s first-half strike. That only tells half the story, though.

A bad-tempered encounter was marred by ugly scenes at full-time, with Liverpool’s Darwin Nunez at the center of a mass brawl involving both players and fans. Footage showed the 25-year-old climbing into the stands to fight with Colombia supporters as players’ families were lifted to safety onto the pitch.

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Nunez was later seen comforting his young son and family, while Luis Diaz and Suarez also took time to console the Liverpool striker.

Suarez though had contributed to what had been an ill-tempered game just moments before. The fuse was first lit just before half-time when Daniel Munoz was sent off after picking up a second booking.

And when Suarez was introduced with just over 20 minutes to go, the former Liverpool and Barcelona star didn’t hold back. According to El Pais’ report on the game, the 37-year-old entered into an argument with former Everton defender Yerry Mina which continued throughout the remainder of the game.

Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez was involved in the skirmish in the stands at Copa America
Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez was involved in the skirmish in the stands at Copa America -Credit:Twitter/X

With Uruguay growing increasingly frustrated by Colombia’s timewasting tactics, things threatened to boil over, particularly with Mina laughing off Suarez’s protestations.

When the full-time whistle blew, the inevitable happened as a melee broke out on the pitch, with players, officials and staff involved in the chaos. Suarez of course played his part, arguing with various Colombia stars and appearing to shove a member of the opponents’ coaching team.

Things really turned ugly when a brawl began in the stands, with the families of the Uruguay players finding themselves caught up in it. Nunez would lead a group of his teammates into the crowd, having clearly been angered by events.

CONMEBOL, the governing body of South American football, has since released a statement saying: “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."

Liverpool.com says: While players and fans came away looking poor for their parts in the ugly scenes, some blame also goes to tournament organizers, who seemed ill-prepared to handle the threat of violence at a major tournament. There will likely be an investigation into how Colombia fans were able to access the family of Uruguay players so easily, and how security let Uruguay players into the crowd.