El Salvador’s national team and its players have been booed by fans in the city of Manzanar after a match.
The national team’s captain, Luis Garcia, told local radio station Cadena Ser that he was forced to confront his supporters.
“They were shouting and screaming, and some people were throwing punches at me,” Garcia said, adding that he and the rest of his team were not wearing masks.
“There was a lot of violence.”
Garcia said that he had to use a Taser to subdue a couple of people who had been throwing punches, and that he also witnessed a soccer player who had allegedly kicked the player in the leg.
“When I came out, I saw that the soccer player had been kicked in the head,” Garcia added.
“The guy who was kicking the ball was bleeding from the head.”
The soccer player’s injuries were not life-threatening, according to Garcia, but the team will have to wait to have an official opinion on the incident until the team’s next match, scheduled for Tuesday.
“If it turns out that this was a soccer match, then that’s good news, because it’s not going to affect the national team,” Garcia told the station.
Garcia and the national squad will face Nicaragua in the Copa Libertadores semifinals on Wednesday.
El Salvador won the last two games of the regular season.
Garcia said he had not yet seen the official report on the altercation, and the team has been in contact with the police to get more information.
Garcia added that the national anthem will be played before the game, and he would like the team to take a knee before the match.
El Sol, the local soccer team, said that Garcia and his team have been treated “fairly.”
“They have been taken care of fairly, and we have no issues with them,” Sol’s president, Juan Luis Montoya, told Radio El Tiempo.