River Plate back use of Fan IDs in Argentina's Superleague
River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio said on Monday he would support the use of Fan IDs for top-flight games in Argentina.
On Friday, defense minister Patricia Bullrich said she had reached an agreement with the Superleague to begin the process to use Fan IDs in all the country's stadiums.
"The agreement that we have signed today with the Argentina Superleague marks the beginning of our support for all who participate in the football event. By knowing who is inside the stadiums, we make Argentine football a place for sport and we say no to violence!" Bullrich said via Twitter.
D'Onofrio told Argentina daily Clarin that he supported the idea.
"Ever since I returned from Russia [World Cup] I have been saying that Argentina needs to implement Fan IDs. And I congratulate Minister Bullrich and the Superleague as well as the province and the city for agreeing to move forward with this," D'Onofrio said. "This will allow us to remove the weight of those people who are really doing damage to our football and our society."
D'Onofrio said he would like to stop radical supporters in football. He added that the joint effort between the stadium, the regional provinces, the cities and their leadership would ensure compliance.
He said that the incidents around the Copa Libertadores final between bitter crosstown rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate ended in "great suffering" for the 60,000 River fans who bought tickets.
After a 2-2 draw in November's first leg in Buenos Aires, the second leg was postponed multiple times due to violence outside River's Monumental stadium.
Finally, the match was relocated from Buenos Aires to Madrid where River came from behind to beat Boca 3-1 after extra time to claim the South American title for a fourth time.
"Many of our fans made great financial sacrifices and were not able to watch the match due to a group of people who could not behave," D'Onofrio said of the incidents that forced the cancellation of the second leg.
"That hurt me a lot. I felt that it was not fair and not everyone had the means to travel to Madrid [to watch the final there]."