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Uruguay FA resigns over violence at games

The entire board of Uruguay’s Football Association has resigned amid a crisis over violence at matches.

The board said it had taken the decision to “allow other political views to govern our football”.

Last week, President Jose Mujica withdrew police protection from the home stadiums of Penarol and Nacional, Uruguay’s most popular teams, following post-match violence, Reuters has reported.

On Wednesday, Nacional fans fought with police after their team was beaten.

Dozens of officers were injured in clashes with supporters in the capital, Montevideo.

Despite the lack of security following the police withdrawal, the association ordered teams to play their matches as usual. However, the players’ union refused.

The association’s board wrote in a letter: “The well-publicised acts that have occurred in recent times show the need for the board to step aside and allow other political views to govern our football.

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