Darwin Núñez, Uruguayan players jump in the stands after Copa loss

Darwin Núñez and about a dozen Uruguay teammates took to the stands as fans brawled at Bank of America Stadium after the 1-0 defeat to Colombia in the Copa América semi-final on Wednesday night, before security personnel intervened to restore order.

After Colombia won 1-0 in Charlotte, North Carolina, videos circulated on social media showing Uruguay players climbing into the stands and punching opposing fans.

The South American football federation CONMEBOL, the organisers of the Copa, said the incident was being investigated.

Uruguay captain José Maria Gimenez said the players were trying to defend their families.

“Let me say something before they interrupt you, because they don’t let us talk on the microphone, they don’t want me to say anything about what’s happening, but this is a disaster,” Gimenez said in the official broadcast. “Please be careful, our families are in the stands, there are little newborn babies. It was a disaster; there were no police and we had to defend our families.

“This is the fault of two or three people who have had a little too much to drink and don’t know how to drink.”

A first-half header from Jefferson Lerma secured Colombia a place in Sunday’s final against Argentina, while Uruguay take on Canada in the battle for third place.

This story uses information from The Associated Press and Reuters.

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