Sore losers? Boca Juniors players clash with Brazilian police after Copa Libertadores defeat

Dylan Bettencourt

The Boca Juniors team did not take their defeat to Atletico Mineiro in the Copa Libertadores well. 

After losing in a penalty shoot-out in the tournament’s round of 16, players from the Argentinian side clashed with local police as they tried to fight with opposition players.

The fierce encounter, which took place in Belo Horizonte in Brazil, culminated in destructive and chaotic scenes as the Boca players attempted to get into their opponents’ dressing room. 

Brazilian police were attempting to stop the Boca players peacefully before a violent clash broke out, forcing the cops to spray teargas at the players. 

The Argentinians’ anger appears to have stemmed from a disallowed goal, after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled against a goal they felt was legitimate. 

The game ended 0-0 over both legs of the clash, with the game going to penalties to declare a winner. 

Brazilian outfit Atletico Mineiro ended up winning a 3-1 penalty-shootout after the hotly contested battle. 

Boca midfielder Diego Gonzales said poor refereeing cost them the game: “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 needs to examine the refereeing.” CONMEBOL is the South American Football Confederation.

The ugly scenes continued after the clash as Boca players destroyed what they could in the stadium, causing major damage to their own dressing room as well.

A total of eight players and staff have so far been detained by Brazilian police. 

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