'I think Jesus had hooligans around him' - Boca Juniors' vice-president compares fans to disciples

The Argentine giants' director has claimed that his side do not have a problem with supporter conduct at matches, citing the Christian messiah's followers' brushes with the law
Boca Juniors vice-president Juan Carlos Crespi has claimed that his club's hooligans are just like Jesus' disciples.

Fans of the South American giants have been criticised in recent years for their erratic behaviour, and were again in the headlines after causing violence in Sunday's derby against rivals River Plate.

However, Crespi believes that those who preached the teachings of Biblical figure could also be labelled "hooligans", but went on to state that his club does not have a problem with barra brava groups.

"That story about hooligans comes from way back," he told television show Caiga Quien Caiga.

"I tell you what, I think Jesus Christ had hooligans around him. The apostles were his hooligans, and they would preach to people to believe in Christianity.

"We don't have barra bravas at Boca."

Fans in Argentina have taken the comments well, with #LaBarradeCristo (#christultras) becoming a trending topic on Twitter.