Former Arsenal defender restrained by police after punching fan

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Ex-Gunners Nelson Vivas, now manager of Argentinian side Quilmes, lashed out at a supporter after his side’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Rafaela.

Passion in football is part of the game, nowhere more so than in South America. However, at times that passion can turn into violence.

In Argentina, violence between rival supporters has become synonymous within football, but you do not expect a team’s manager to get involved.

Former Arsenal defender Nelson Vivas, now manager of Primera Divison side Quilmes, could well be facing the sack after lashing out at an angry fan.

His side drew 1-1 with Atletico Rafaela on Friday night, and was confronted by a supporter after the game, who is thought to have insulted the ex-Argentina international.

In this shocking video, Vivas is seen lashing out at the fan, which unluckily for him was caught on camera. Police were quickly on the scene to restrain the clearly irate Vivas.

The fan has spoke out about the incident, saying that he intends not to press charges against the Quilmes boss.

“Vivas treated me like shit,” the supporter told Ole.

“I shouted at him, ”they’re robbing us”, as in the referees. All of the hinchas are banking on Vivas, I never thought I could get involved in something like that.

“I’m not going to press charges, I don’t need his apologies. He had the bad luck to be filmed.”

Vivas signed for the Gunners from Swiss side Lugano for a fee in the region of £1.6 million.

He played for Arsenal between 1998 and 2001, making 40 Premier League appearances and scoring one goal.

The South American was largely used as a squad rotation player by Arsene Wenger, and he went on to step out for Celta Vigo and Inter in Europe.

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