Watch as Newcastle United nemesis ‘loses it’ in huge brawl at Copa America

Columbia progressed to Sunday's Copa America final against ArgentinaColumbia progressed to Sunday's Copa America final against Argentina
Columbia progressed to Sunday's Copa America final against Argentina | Getty Images
Newcastle United supporters are still haunted by Darwin Nunez’s late brace at St James’ Park last season

Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez was involved in a mass brawl following Uruguay's shock Copa America exit.

Many fancied La Celeste to book a place in Sunday’s final against world champions and current title holders Argentina. However, Crystal Palace midfielder Jefferson Lerma bagged the only goal of the game to take Columbia to their third final.

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They have won the Copa America once - in 2001 - and stunned Uruguay to trigger wild post-match frustration. Liverpool star Nunez - who Newcastle United fans will remember scoring a late brace at St James’ Park last August - was at the centre of the carnage in North Carolina. 

The 25-year-old led his defeated teammates towards the crowd before opposing fans became hostile. A royal rumble then broke out between players and supporters - with Nunez jumping the security barrier as carnage unfolded.

Later footage showed Nunez consoling his upset son following the altercation. Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo was also seen tussling with fans before security intervened and calmed the situation.

Uruguayan outlet El Pais claims players ventured into the crowd after their families came under attack. Columbia fans - now preparing for a historic final at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium - outnumbered Uruguay’s travelling contingent.

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Uruguay defender Jose Maria Gimenez hit out at the lack of protection from officials. He said: "It was a disaster. There were no police and we had to defend our families.

"This is because of two or three who have one drink too many. A certain sector of the Colombian fans made an avalanche where our loved ones were.”

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