Community outreach brings rivals together

ROSARIO, ARGENTINA - NOVEMBER 22: Newells Old Boys' Emanuel Dennings (R) vies for the ball with Rosario Central´s Diego Chitzoff during their match for the Argentinean Apertura Primera A on November 22, 2009 in Rosario, Argentina. (Photo by Santiago Rios/LatinContent/GettyImages)

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Rosario Central (left) and Newell’s Old Boys (right) form one of the most brutal rivalries of the soccer world.

Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central are Rosario, Argentina’s two biggest names in soccer, and as such the city is divided in half. The animosity between fans of these two teams is more than palpable and can be seen on a regular basis with violent crimes causing the deaths of fans of one team by fans of the other.

A massive natural gas explosion Tuesday morning in Rosario, led to an historical, albeit brief, ceasefire between the Newell’s and Central’s camps.

Rosario has in the past been called the Chicago of Argentina, in reference to Al Capone’s crime-laden Chicago of the 1920s, by the residents of Buenos Aires, the country’s capital.

The gas line explosion in a residential high-rise building in Rosario left 12 dead and 60 injured with a remaining 11 people unaccounted for.

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The gas line explosion in a residential high-rise building in Rosario left 12 dead and 60 injured with a remaining 11 people unaccounted for.

In terms of complete loathing and violence towards their rivals, they give Boca Juniors and River Plate – the biggest rivalry in the country and possibly the whole world of sports – a run for their money.

The gas line explosion in a residential high-rise building in Rosario left 12 dead and 60 injured with a remaining 11 people unaccounted for.

Both Newell’s and Central expressed their condolences to those affected and offered their respective facilities to those who needed shelter in response to the explosion. Both clubs also began accepting donations to help those affected.

The unity between the two clubs for a single goal was met with hopeful surprise by people on social networks with some commenters saying things like "Finally some good news … Unity" and "There is still faith in humanity."

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The unity between the two clubs for a single goal was met with hopeful surprise by people on social networks with some commenters saying things like “Finally some good news … Unity” and “There is still faith in humanity.”

“The @CARCoficial expresses its pain, and profoundly laments what occurred this morning … And makes itself available to the victims of the explosion as well as municipal authorities for any required assistance,” said Rosario Central via Twitter.

Likewise, Newell’s Old Boys said via twitter, “#ExplosionRosario The C.A. Newell’s Old Boys profoundly laments what has occurred and sympathizes with the victims.” Newell’s followed the tweet with a graphic providing a number to call for information about those injured and to donate blood or clothes and food for the victims.

The unity between the two clubs for a single goal was met with hopeful surprise by people on social networks with some commenters saying things like “Finally some good news … Unity” and “There is still faith in humanity.”

Of course, there were the expected criticisms and comparisons between fans claiming that their club did more to help than the other, but they were quickly criticized with the use of as many expletives as one would imagine from diehard fans.


Nation / World – NY Daily News

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