BUENOS AIRES, April 12 (Reuters) - Two Boca Juniors players have visited a group of the team's supporters in jail where they have just begun serving sentences for their part in a riot at a game in 1999, the sports daily Ole reported on Thursday.
Strikers Martin Palermo and Rodrigo Palacio autographed shirts for prison wardens before visiting the six convicted hooligans who are serving between three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half years, the report said.
Full story here. Unfortunately I can't say that this is surprising. I've already thought about trying to explicate the differences between American sporting culture and football (soccer) culture, but mostly from the perspective of players, fans and coaches.
It becomes even more different when political corruption plays a visible role. Rafa Di Zeo, the main recipient of Palermo and Palacio's attentions, has close ties to Mauricio Macri, who is the president of Boca Juniors... and a 2007 Argentine presidential candidate.