By Chris Wright
With their side 2-1 down on the night and 4-2 down on aggregate to Paraguayan team Cerro Porteno in the second leg of their last-16 Copa Sudamericana fixture, disgruntled fans of Argentinian side Colon began bombarding the pitch and the police around its perimeter with various missiles to vent their frustration at their club now being within 15 minutes of being dumped out of the tournament.
The disturbance soon escalated, with the supporters’ band fleeing from the stadium as pockets of altogether more serious trouble began sparking and it wasn’t long before Colon fans were obscuring their faces, tearing the stadium apart and throwing various bits of it into the Cerro Porteno enclosure.
Riot police and security then responded by attempting to quell the disturbance by firing rubber bullets into the Colon section which, strangely enough, didn’t appear to help.
The rioting continued in short, sharp bursts for nearly 20 minutes, with several Colon players actively attempting to act as mediators through the wire fencing though when play resumed it became apparent that two players had taken their involvment too far, with Colon ‘keeper Diego Pozo and right-back Maximiliano Caire being sent-off by the referee after it was reported that they had physically lashed out at fans and riot police during the melee for not letting them reach their relatives sat in the stands…
There’s also a full, 17-minute video of the unrest circulating if you’re crowd riot fetish isn’t sated quite yet…