Argentina forced to swap bus for helicopters as fans take to streets during parade

Argentina’s World Cup-winning team were forced to end their victory parade in Buenos Aires with a helicopter flyover after footage appeared to show a fan diving into their open-top bus.

The streets of the capital were filled with ecstatic supporters, as the return of Lionel Messi and company was declared a public holiday after their thrilling penalty shoot-out victory over France in Qatar.

But the planned trip, which is expected to cover 50 miles after departing from the grounds of the Argentine Football Association, was cut short of its final point on safety advice.

While it may have had something to do with the large number of people crammed into the obelisk, one of Buenos Aires’ most famous landmarks, a video emerged on social media that appeared to capture a security breach as that a reveler lowered from an overpass and dropped onto the open deck occupied by players and staff.

One clip appeared to show a fan landing among passengers, with a second attempting to do the same to fall backwards from the back of the bus and into the crowd.

A statement from AFA President Claudio Tapia said the team was upset at not continuing their journey as planned, rather than scared by events on the road.

“They don’t let us arrive to greet all the people who were in the obelisk, the same security agencies that escorted us don’t allow us to move forward,” Tapia said.

Lionel Messi holds the World Cup up in the air during the open top bus parade in Argentina (Julio Ruiz/AP)

“A thousand apologies on behalf of all champion players. Shame.

Benfica midfielder Enzo Fernandez, who previously posted photos on Instagram of massive rows of fans partying as the bus passed, later added a selfie which showed him smiling broadly from the back of the helicopter .

Gabriela Cerruti, spokeswoman for Argentine President Alberto Fernandez, tweeted about the team taking flight and asked for calm in the festive atmosphere.

“The world champions are flying over the entire course in a helicopter as it has become impossible to continue on land due to the outburst of popular cheer,” she wrote.

A helicopter flies over the obelisk

A helicopter flies over the obelisk (Matilde Campodonico/AP).

“Let us continue to celebrate in peace and show them our love and admiration!”

The AFA had previously urged the public to “move calmly around this area (of the obelisk) to enjoy this unforgettable moment in peace.”

The numbers, estimated by some at around four million, simply overwhelmed the convoy, which was led by police officers.

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