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Argentina player Facundo Espindola stabbed and killed after street fight in Buenos Aires

The 25-year-old is attacked by a group of men after leaving a bar; fellow player Nahuel Oviedo is one of two men arrested in connection with the crime

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, 4:34pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, 4:34pm

Argentina football is mourning the death of goalkeeper Facundo Espindola, who was stabbed and killed during a street fight in Buenos Aires over the weekend.

According to Spain’s Marca, the 25-year-old Espindola, who was a product of the River Plate youth programme, was attacked after leaving a bar in the Hurlingham district in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Two men have been detained, including another footballer, Nahuel Oviedo, who plays for San Telmo.

Black and white video footage of the incident, captured by what appears to be CCTV cameras, show men fighting on the street and then a group of them attacking one person. It also shows a group standing over an injured man and the arrival of police cars.

According to Marca, after punches were thrown one of the assailants took out a knife and slashed Espindola’s throat.

Oviedo was arrested along with a Paraguayan friend in a white Peugeot 308 at Villa Tees. The car was reportedly covered in blood stains and the murder weapon was found 15 blocks from the scene of the incident.

Oviedo had just returned from an injury to play for San Telmo in a friendly the day before. In 2011, he was reportedly received a three-year suspended sentence for his part in a robbery, for which he admitted guilt.

Espindola is the former goalkeeper for Almagro and had previous stints with River and Lanus at youth level. He reached the national B level of Argentine football.