Argentina Soccer Players React to Soccer-Related Violence

Argentine soccer players are reacting to violence in Brazil by playing soccer.

“We are all Argentinaans,” said defender Jorge Villafana in an interview with Brazil’s TV channel Globovision, according to the Associated Press.

Villafano was referring to a series of violent incidents that took place at a Brazilian soccer stadium on July 25.

At least five people were injured and several were arrested, according the AP.

The attack took place in a small section of the Estadio Municipal de Sao Paulo, a popular soccer venue in the country’s capital of São Paulo.

The Brazilian government has called for a nationwide protest over the violence.

Brazilian President Michel Temer has called on the country to be ready to face any future violence.

“If there is a terrorist attack, I will be there,” Temer said at a news conference last week.

The Associated Press reports that Brazil’s federal prosecutor’s office said it is investigating the incident.

“This incident has shaken the whole country, the entire country,” Brazilian soccer legend Neymar said in a statement to the AP, “and it has shaken everyone.”

He added that “this is not an isolated incident, but the culmination of a long history of political violence and racial hatred.”

The AP also notes that a soccer team from Argentina is considering an appeal against the incident, which occurred in front of a television studio.

Argentina’s national team has been in Brazil for a World Cup qualifier.