Incensed at being called a "Uruguayan failure" by rival supporters, the ex-Fiorentina striker came down off the team bus to physically confront the perpetratorsBoca Juniors striker Santiago Silva led his side in incredible scenes following Sunday's defeat against Tigre, as the Apertura champions left the team bus to physically assault home fans who had gathered to insult the departing players.
A late own goal from Rolando Schiavi condemned the Xeneize to their second defeat of the season against relegation-threatened Tigre, who continue in the direct drop places despite the 2-1 triumph. It was after the game, however, that tempers really flared.
Silva took exception to insults heard from Matador fans congregated around the club's bus, and came down from the vehicle accompanied by several team-mates. Punches and kicks were exchanged between the players and supporters, as the incident was filmed live by FoxSports.
Tigre fan Adrian Ruiz was interviewed by Ole on Monday morning, and expressed his disgust with the Boca man's conduct.
"I would have liked to take him on one-on-one, and not with four players around. I admit I was wrong to insult him, but they are professionals and cannot react in this way," he explained, adding that he had called Silva a "Uruguayan failure" as he left the stadium.
"Silva squared up to me. I got hit in the ear, my brother was also hit and when he fell to the floor he was kicked by the players."
Neither Boca nor the Argentine Football Association have commented on Sunday night's incident.