Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo wields fire extinguisher during furious clash as police make arrests

Boca Juniors players clashed with opposition players following a controversial defeat in the Copa Libertadores as police were forced to intervene.


Marcos Rojo grabbed a fire extinguisher off the wall amid a furious post-match clash following Boca Juniors' controversial exit from the Copa Libertadores on Tuesday.

Former Manchester United defender Rojo, 31, was one of the many aggrieved Boca players who clashed with opposition players after their defeat by Atletico Mineiro.

Both sides are expected to face sanctions for the chaotic post-match scenes with multiple videos posted onto social media showing the two teams clashing in the tunnel.

Brazilian website Globoesporte said the Boca players were trying to get into the home dressing room, where the match officials had sought refuge, after being enraged by a controversial VAR decision in the match.

Law enforcement officers appeared to spray furious Boca players at the door of their dressing room after the match, with further videos showing the players choking as they continued to protest their elimination.

Rojo was captured tearing a fire extinguisher from the wall and lifting it above his head before he was calmed down and urged to drop it by a coach.

A member of the Brazilian police force, Santiago Mayor, told TyC Sports, via The Mirror: "The match commissioner told us that there was aggression and that immediately activated our intervention.

"There are currently three players that have been identified as aggressors and are being charged with civil disturbance. We are currently still viewing surveillance video to see if there are any others involved."

Brazilian journalist Marcelo Silva de Sousa reported on Twitter that arrests had been made, writing: "The Minas Gerais Police confirm that there ARE PLAYERS ARRESTED for "contempt" of authority, damages and assaults at the Mineirão."

The last-16 tie at the Mineirao stadium ended goalless before Atletico went through 3-1 on penalties. However, Boca believed they had a legitimate goal ruled out for the second time in the tie, having also had a goal disallowed for offside after a long VAR check in the goalless first-leg last week.

When asked if refereeing was a factor in their elimination from the competition, Boca midfielder Diego Gonzalez said: “Without a doubt, everyone can see that. We scored a good goal, and the fact is that we deserved to win the first game as well.”

“This hurts, we feel bad. Conmebol (the South American Football Confederation) need to look at the refereeing.”

Source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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