'I thought it was a suicide bomber': Fan straps flares to LITTLE GIRL ahead of Copa final (VIDEO)
In the footage, the fan can be seen arranging the flares underneath the toddler's replica River jersey, in an apparent attempt to fool security. The use of flares is prohibited at football stadiums in South America, but they are fairly commonplace.
Football fans on social media were quick to express their disgust at what they saw as "classless" behavior that has no place in the game, with some even mistaking it the girl for a suicide bomber.
Proud moment for mum and dad 👀— Daniel B (@DanielZere81) November 24, 2018
I thought this was a suicide bomber. Instead someone is strapping flares to a little girl ahead of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires. A disgrace. Should be an easy decision (Boca bus also attacked) to cancel the game. #riverbocahttps://t.co/Y9zdON4iSo— Kathrine Holte, MD (@kathrineholte) November 24, 2018
The footage emerged not long after River fans ambushed the Boca team bus as it made its way to the stadium, pelting the vehicle with missiles, smashing windows and causing players to be affected by police teargas which had been fired to disperse the unruly crowds.
UPDATE: #CopaLibertadores final 2nd leg DELAYED by one hour after Boca Juniors team bus destroyed by Rover Plate fans, players affected by tear gas (VIDEO/PHOTOS)🇦🇷 #Boca#River| https://t.co/dPiELmYNID |— RT Sport (@RTSportNews) November 24, 2018
South American football federations CONMEBOL announced the game would be delayed by one hour. Boca were understood to have been calling for a postponement.