Argentina’s VP Survives Assassination Attempt, Soccer Games Suspended

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Soccer in Argentina has come to a grinding halt after an assassination attempt on Argentinian Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

The Argentinian Football Association announced Thursday night soccer in the country has been suspended following an attack on Kirchner in Buenos Aires, according to ESPN.

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner survives assassination attempt outside her home. (Photo by Tomas Cuesta/Getty Images)

A man attempted to shoot the Argentinian Vice President in the head with a pistol, but fortunately, the weapon malfunctioned and didn’t fire a round. The wannabe assassin was taken into custody following his failed murder plot.

In a video of the assassination attempt circulating social media, a man could be seen shoving a semi-automatic handgun in Kirchner’s face while she’s surrounded by people, and it sounded like he pulled the trigger a couple times.

In order for a gun like that to fail, the chamber was either empty, the round was dead or there was an internal problem with the firing pin. No matter what, she’s lucky to be alive.

“The Argentinian Football Association expresses its strongest repudiation of what happened with vice president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. We call on society as a whole, warning that violence of any kind is never the solution,” the AFA said in a statement released following the attempted killing.

Argentina’s Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner survives assassination attempt. (Photo by Luis ROBAYO / AFP) (Photo by LUIS ROBAYO/AFP via Getty Images)

Games across Argentina, including the top leagues, have been halted in response to President Alberto Fernande declaring Friday a national holiday, according to the same ESPN report.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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