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Argentina Suspends All Football Matches After Assassination Attempt on Vice President

Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Argentinian Football Association
announced Friday’s matches have been suspended after an assassination
attempt on the country’s vice president, Cristina Fernández de
Kirchner, on Thursday night.

ESPN’s Alex Kirkland reported the
decision was made in coordination with President Alberto Fernández
declaring Friday a national holiday in support of the vice president.

“The Argentinian Football
Association expresses its strongest repudiation of what happened with
vice president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner,” the AFA said in
a statement. “We call on society as a whole, warning that
violence of any kind is never the solution.”

Fernando Andre Sabag Montiel, a
35-year-old Brazilian national, was arrested Thursday after aiming a gun that failed to discharge at
Fernández de Kirchner, per CNN.

“Cristina is still alive because—for some reason we can’t technically confirm at this moment—the
weapon, which was armed with five bullets, did not shoot although the
trigger was pulled,” President Fernández said.

This article will be updated soon to provide more information.

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