Rival soccer fans in Argentina will now go to jail for tearing the country's currency
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Soccer in South America has a fierce fan culture. Fans of teams from Brazil, Chile, Peru are taking taunting to a whole new level. Their target is Argentina, and the method - the peso. Might have heard, Argentina just has a horrible inflation rate - just horrible - over 100%. So fans from other countries whose teams are playing in Argentina have taken to shredding Argentinian pesos during games, even burning them. Broadcast that on the stadium kiss cam. They might need to think twice now. The government of Argentina announced that those caught destroying currency in the country could face penalties of up to 30 days in prison. That's a red card.
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