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Football fans have been left stunned by shocking footage of the dilapidated condition of Boca Juniors' iconic 'La Bombonera' stadium. Watch the video below:
A clip which has circulated on social media shows a huge crack that has appeared in one of the stands that is housing the home supporters of the Argentine club.
The crack in the floor of one of the upper tiers of the stadium can be seen moving under the weight of the fans in the stand.
And in another clip, a different crack is shown in the top tier of the ground which appears to get bigger as the stadium bounces.
The videos were taken during a Copa Libertadores match between Boca Juniors and Brazilian side Corinthians earlier this month.
La Bombonera, officially known as the Alberto Jose Armando Stadium, was first built in 1940.
It underwent renovation in 1996 but now appears to be in poor condition, with fans on social media concerned for their fellow supporters' safety.
"A catastrophe waiting to happen," wrote one fan on Twitter.
"Yeah, f*** that. I’d be taking the nearest exit. I often wonder how strong the concrete and reinforced steel is at stadiums, I don’t think they were made for fans to simultaneously jump together," added another.
Haha why would ye still stand there ?— ⒿⓇ ✪ (@_JR_55_) July 9, 2022
A catastrophe waiting to happen.— RovingFree (@Rovertimee) July 9, 2022
One of the richest clubs in Argentina and that’s the state of the stands. No regard for fan safety.— FC Parselona (@ButcherOfFife) July 9, 2022
I've been on the stadium tour. The guide said the away teams changing room was under this stand, so that the Boca fans jumping up and down would intimidate them...(or kill them, by the looks of it). Funnily enough, she never mentioned the stadium being a death trap 😳— EdinburghAVFC🦁 (@AvfcEdinburgh) July 9, 2022
A third wrote: "There's gonny be a disaster at one of these stadiums some day."
Another fan added: "I've been on the stadium tour. The guide said the away teams changing room was under this stand, so that the Boca fans jumping up and down would intimidate them...(or kill them, by the looks of it).
"Funnily enough, she never mentioned the stadium being a death trap."
The match against Corinthians would end in a 6-5 penalty shootout defeat for Boca Juniors after the two-legged tie had finished goalless.