Boca Juniors players and Brazilian police clash in wild scenes at the Copa Libertadores
Boca Juniors were knocked out of the Copa Libertadores by Atletico Mineiro on Tuesday, but both sides are sure to face penalties after chaotic scenes during and after the game in Belo Horizonte.
Brazilian police appeared to spray angry Boca players on their dressing room door after the game, with videos showing the players choking as they shouted curses at law enforcement officers.
Brazilian site Globoesporte said the Boca players attempted to enter the locker room at the house where match officials had taken refuge.
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The players clashed in the tunnel after the game in which the video assistant referee (VAR) denied Boca what they believed was a legitimate goal for the second time in the game.
The round of 16 clash at Mineirao Stadium ended 0-0 and Atletico won 3-1 on penalties. The first leg in Buenos Aires last week also ended scoreless and Boca saw a goal disallowed for offside after a long VAR check.
Asked if refereeing played a role in their elimination, Boca midfielder Diego Gonzalez said: “Without a doubt, everyone can see it. We scored a good goal, and the fact is we also deserved to win the first game.
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“It hurts, we feel bad. CONMEBOL [the South American Football Confederation] you have to look at the arbitration. “
Anger boiled over in the second half as the referee went to check the disallowed goal on the VAR monitor on the side of the pitch.
Brazilian officials clashed with players from Boca who approached the referee, and assistant coaches on both sides were sent off.
Atletico goalkeeper Everson was the hero, saving two penalties from Boca and then scoring the decisive kick to put Atletico in the quarter-finals.