Ban on away fans lifted in Argentina



BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — The Argentine Football Association has lifted a four-year ban on fans attending away matches in the four divisions below the top flight.

The ban was put in place in July 2007 amid rising violence inside and outside stadiums that culminated in a fan’s death after a promotion playoff between Nueva Chicago and Tigre.

The ban did not apply to clubs in the country’s top Primera Division.

The AFA was under pressure to scrap the ban after top club River Plate’s relegation last season. There has been huge demand from River fans for tickets to the club’s away matches.

All away supporters will be able to buy tickets for matches starting this weekend.

AFA president Julio Grondona says the decision is “good news.”