The squad's bus was stopped by violent fans incensed at the loss of three points on Monday, and were told that a failure to make the Primera could have bloody consequences
After spending much of the season as a fixture in the top two of Argentina's second tier, the Cordoba club dropped out of the automatic promotion places thanks to a 3-2 reverse in Corrientes. Thanks to that result, added to victories at the weekend for River Plate and Rosario Central, both teams leapfrog the Gloria to push them into third place.
According to La Voz, however, football matters were overshadowed as members of the barra boarded their vehicle on the way to the airport in the far north of the South American nation.
"There are bullets for all of you," was one of the phrases allegedly directed at the squad, which includes 18-year-old wonderkid and Serie A target Paulo Dybala. "If you don't get promoted we will kill you all," was also reported as one of the grave threats levelled by the violent hooligan faction.
Monday's defeat leaves Instituto two points behind the current pace-setters, as the Cordoba club lie in the promocion play-off places. There are five games left to play in the 2011-12 Nacional B.