Fans Get Upset When Argentina Victory Procession Was Postponed
Argentina fans were left disappointed after an open-top bus procession was postponed due to a large number of spectators and took a helicopter instead.
The World Cup champions of Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, were welcomed home by millions of happy fans on Tuesday, but many were upset when an open-top bus procession had to be postponed due to a large number of spectators in lieu of a hurriedly planned helicopter tour.
Huge crowds of jubilant supporters cheered on their heroes along the whole 30-kilometre parade route from a suburb of Buenos Aires to the city in Argentina, but that made for agonisingly slow travel.
First, before the choice was made to exchange the bus for a chopper, the bus had been crawling along for over five hours as the crowd cheered the Argentina team’s exciting penalty shoot-out triumph against France in the World Cup final.
According to government spokeswoman Gabriela Cerruti on Twitter, the explosion of popular pleasure rendered it impractical to proceed on the ground.
It meant that many supporters, including the largest gathering at the famous Obelisk monument in the heart of Buenos Aires, which has long served as the site of sporting celebrations, missed the opportunity to watch their Argentina heroes in person.
Marta Acosta, 35, who arrived in town at 5:00 am from a southern suburb, expressed her sadness that they were unable to be seen.
The decision to cancel the victory parade was attributed to the police, according to Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA).
Tapia posted on Twitter that “they are not letting us out to welcome all the folks at the Obelisk.”
The same security organisations that accompanied us are preventing us from moving forward. In the spirit of all the victorious Argentina athletes, thousands of excuses. It’s unfortunate.
Throughout the day, throngs of celebrators, many of whom camped out all night to get a spot along the parade route, sang, danced, and fired off fireworks while donning blue and white replica Argentina shirts from the national team and waving flags.
However, the bus had hardly travelled a quarter of the intended route after three hours of the Argentina victory procession. The car was eventually dumped.
Instead, the World Cup trophy won by Argentina was flown over the major procession locations, including the Obelisk, by Messi, manager Lionel Scaloni, and midfielder Rodrigo De Paul, according to the police.
Then, along with striker Paulo Dybala, Messi and winger Angel Di Maria boarded a private aircraft for their birthplace of Rosario.
Dybala continued on to his homeland of Cordoba as Messi and Di Maria embarked on another aircraft to transport them to the exclusive Argentina neighbourhood where they own properties, according to an AFP photographer.
Many people in Buenos Aires continued to celebrate, but for some supporters, the party had to end sooner or later.
According to a government source, the parade route was lined with between five and six million spectators.
Two males were seen in television photos attempting to leap from a bridge onto the players’ coach. One was successful, but the other was unsuccessful and fell into a throng of people.
Reporters saw minor fights break out as the night went on between supporters and police who were attempting to eject a small group that had intruded into the region around the Obelisk. Some of the Argentina fans were plainly intoxicated.
Both stones and rubber bullets were hurled. According to a news report, the melee resulted in the arrest of 13 persons and the injury of 8 officers.
The numbers were not immediately confirmed by the authorities. However, prior reports from local officials claimed that 16 individuals spent the day in hospitals.
The players took a short break at the Argentine Football Association training facility in the Ezeiza neighbourhood of the capital after returning from Qatar early in the morning.
After a thrilling 3-3 draw in the final in Qatar, Argentina prevailed 4-2 on penalties to win their first world championship in 36 years.
As a result, Messi, 35, was able to deliver one of the finest World Cup final performance efforts, scoring a first-half penalty and then again in overtime, to ultimately cap off his record-breaking career with football’s top honour.
In doing so, he followed in the footsteps of Diego Maradona, who succeeded him as the national hero of Argentina and led his nation to its second world championship in 1986 with a string of match-winning performances.
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