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Copa Libertadores: Ronaldinho Show Marred by Police Violence
Reuters, April 4th, 2013 12:44PM

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Ronaldinho inspired Atletico Mineiro to a 5-2 victory over Argentina’s Arsenal in the Copa Libertadores on Wednesday in a game marred by fighting between Arsenal supporters and Brazilian police at the end of the game. The Brazil and Barcelona legend scored twice as Atletico extended its perfect record in the competition.

After the final whistle, Arsenal players confronted the referees, prompting Brazilian police, which have a reputation of being a little overzealous, to use force, including pointing guns at them. Minas Gerais police colonel Cicero defended his men's actions. "It was criminal conduct, out of place at a soccer match,” he said. “(The Argentines) could be arrested."

Atletico, firmly entrenched as one of the favorites to lift the South American championship, is running away with Copa Libertadores Group 3, having recorded five wins in five games. Sao Paulo and Arsenal are tied for second with just four points each, although Sao Paulo has a game in hand.

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  1. Roger Lumann
    commented on: April 4, 2013 at 3:33 p.m.
    The Argentines confronted and assaulted the officers.They threw chairs and objects at police and journalists(the images are very clear). The brazilian Cops was just doing the job of protecting the referee and the players themselves. Argentines are arrogant and do not accept losing sportingly. They should have been arrested, but paid a fine and a local criminal judge determined they place apology for the attacks. The Brazilian team opponent paid the fine because they did not carry cash or checks, otherwise they would be arrested. It is unfortunate the attitude of some Argentine players, whose national soccer press ultimately seems to encourage such practices with much "passion". This is not the firt time argentines start fights like in South America stadiums. What a shame!


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