A professional soccer player in Argentina died from injuries sustained when rival fans beat him on the head with either a brick or a stone.

Franco Nieto, captain of the Tiro Federal club in Argentina's third division, was leaving the stadium after fights prompted officials to end the match 15 minutes early. He was 33.

The Guardian quote his nephew Pablo as saying: "People came to insult him. They kicked him and punched him. He tried to defend himself but he was struck violently in the head."

Additionally, the BBC reports that Pablo said Franco was headed toward his car with his wife and one-month-old daughter when the attack by Chacarita Juniors fans occurred.

If this news wasn't awful enough, the BBC report included two boggling statistics:

-- "This year, 15 people have died in football-related violence in Argentina."
-- "Deaths caused by football-related violence have tripled in 2014."

Police report that three arrests have been made in this case.

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