By Chris Wright
Last night’s Copa Libertadores group stage fixture between Brazil’s Atletico Mineiro and Argentina’s Arsenal de Sarando ended in time-honoured South American fashion: with shotguns being toted after the away side, a tad angry at having been soundly trounced, took their anger out on the match officials and the armed riot police sworn to protect them.
After Ronaldinho scored twice in a 5-2 win for the Brazilian side, Arsenal players swarmed around the referee and his assistants at the final whistle to air their grievances, only for the local riot police to form a protective perspex shield around the officials.
Instead of calling time on their collective hissy fit there and then, a few of Arsenal’s more misguided players proceeded to lash out at the police, kicking and hoofing a football at the security forces until they began wielding their pellet shotguns in an unmistakable “right, we’ve had enough now” kind of way…
Highlights of the actual football…
Good old South American football, eh?
(Photos: Eugenio Savio/AP/PA)