Several persons was injured and several were arrested after football fans clashed with members of an evangelical church in a dispute over who owns a sprawling plaza in front of the main entry to a stadium in Peru.
The club, Alianza Lima, and the religious group El Aposento Alto both claim to own a land next to the Alejandro Villanueva stadium in Lima, where the club has set up installations used for storage and parking.
Early on Monday, hundreds of members of the religious group El Aposento Alto entered the buildings and painted over the club’s emblems to set up a church there.
Alianza Lima fans seeing it, attacked the members of the religious group, who wore the same t-shirts and hats building.
The attorney of church members, Alberto Santana, told local broadcaster RPP that the religious group has documents that they legally bought the property.
Alianza Lima disputed that, calling it an illegal “invasion” in a statement and warning fans to remain calm.
The club is one of the oldest and and most successful in Peruvian football, winning 23 national league titles since it was founded in 1901.
Allianz Lima fans refresh their club graffiti, which was destroyed by church members.