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River fan stabbed to death after Libertadores celebration attack

River fan stabbed to death after Libertadores celebration attack

Argentine daily 'Clarín' report that 21-year-old "Millionarios" fan Exequiel Aaron Neris died after being stabbed and then beaten to death after Sunday's final.

River Plate fan Exequiel Aaron Neris was tragically killed in the aftermath of Sunday's Libertadores final staged at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid.

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Clarin report that the 21-year-old was initially stabbed in his left leg and then severely beaten after celebrating the Copa Libertadores win in his River Plate replica shirt.

The boy's mother Lucia claimed to have spoken to her son after the attack and affirmed that she was told that his wearing of the shirt was the sole motive for the assault: "I'm dying, I'm dying, I've been attacked for celebrating the final win and for being a River fan".

After initially fleeing from the attackers, believed to be Boca Juniors fans, Neris was taken to the local René Favaloro hospital in Posadas (Misiones) and was later moved to the larger Escuela de Posadas hospital were he later died as a result of the attack.

"They killed my son like an indefensive dog" claimed the mother of the boy in declarations pìcked up by local media outlet 'Primera Edición, el Diario de Misiones'.

Local Misiones police found the weapon used in the incident and have arrested two brothers (aged 18 and 22 and known Boca supporters) on suspicion of Neris' death.