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Darwin Nunez and Uruguay team-mates involved in brawl with fans after Copa America semi-final loss to Colombia

Uruguay players, including Nunez, went into the stands of the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte after violence reportedly broke out into the players’ family section.

Footage showed Nunez climbing up railings before confronting Colombia fans as others tried to restrain him.

Uruguay players said they entered the stands to “rescue” their families.

Luis Suarez said: “Obviously if someone is attacking your family you want to go and defend them but that doesn’t justify the image that it created.

“We had to protect our families that were there. What I could see there was a lot of family, a lot of children of my team-mates who were trapped and things were falling on them and you felt helpless.”

Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez told FOX Soccer: “They stormed all our families, a section of Colombia fans. This is a disaster. Our family is in danger.”

CONMEBOL released a statement after the game saying that it strongly condemns any act of violence that affects the game.

“Our work is based on the conviction that soccer connects and unites us through its positive values,” the statement said.

“There is no place for intolerance and violence on and off the field. We invite everyone in the remaining days to pour all of their passion into cheering on their national teams and having an unforgettable party.”

Colombia won the game 1-0 thanks to Jefferson Lerma’s first-half winner, despite playing the entire second half with 10 men after Dani Munoz’s red card in first-half stoppage time.

They will play Argentina in the final on Monday.

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