Santiago Wanderers vs. Colo Colo Match Abandoned After Crowd Violence in Chile

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2015

Fans of Chile's Colo Colo and Wanderers football teams fight on the field prior to the first division football match at the Elias Figueroa stadium in Valparaiso, Chile on December 06, 2015. Despite the match was cancelled Colo Colo won the Apertura tournament on points.  AFP PHOTO/Andres Pina/Photosport   ***CHILE OUT*** / AFP / PHOTOSPORT / ANDRES PINA        (Photo credit should read ANDRES PINA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Colo Colo's celebrations after they were crowned Chilean Primera Division champions on Sunday were marred as violent clashes between fans resulted in their match with Santiago Wanderers being abandoned.

Universidad Catolica's 1-0 defeat to Audax Italiano guaranteed Colo Colo their 31st Chilean title ahead of their final match of the season away at the Elias Figueroa Brander stadium in Valparaiso, Chile.

However, brutal crowd violence ahead of the clash forced the match to be called off by the referee as opposing fans fought with flares, chairs and metal poles, as can be seen below, per MailOnline's Adam Smith:

The Guardian provided further footage of the violence:

Per Smith, at least one man was seriously injured in a clash outside the ground, and Colo Colo manager Jose Luis Sierra condemned the scenes: "We have fought all season to arrive in first place and then sadly these incidents happen. It makes us sad, but the big loser is football."

The Santiago outfit are now guaranteed a place in next year's Libertadores Cup after wrapping up the title.

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