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Uruguay championship suspended as fan shot by rivals dies

The 21-year-old Penarol fan was one of three fans shot by rival supporters as twelve men are currently being held over the fatal incident

Penraol fans celebrate

All matches across Uruguayan leagues have been called off this weekend after a fan who was shot by rival supporters a month ago died, the Uruguayan football association said.

Association statement

'While football is important for many Uruguayans, the life of a young fan is of far higher importance,' a statement issued by the association late Friday said.

The 21-year-old Penarol fan was one of three young men shot by hooligans connected to city rivals Nacional, who wanted to steal their club scarves.

Twelve men are being held in prison accused of involvement in the shootings.