Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Copa Libertadores: Ronaldinho Show Marred by Police Violence
Reuters, April 4th, 2013 12:44PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  argentina, brazil, copa libertadores

MOST COMMENTED

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.

Read the original story...


1 comment
  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!


Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
Report: Tevez's father kidnapped    
The father of Juventus' Argentine striker Carlos Tevez has been kidnapped and is being held for ...
Atletico Madrid Signs Young French Star    
Spanish La Liga champion Atletico Madrid has acquired 23-year-old French World Cup winger Antoine Griezmann from ...
Cuauhtemoc Blanco Makes Comeback at 41    
Former Mexico striker Cuauhtemoc Blanco has returned to the top flight of Mexican soccer at the ...
Jack Wilshere Regrets Having a Smoke    
What happens in Vegas doesn't always stay in Vegas. Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere was caught on ...
Dick Advocaat Takes Serbia Helm    
Dutchman Dick Advocaat, whose resume includes stints as coach of the Netherlands, South Korea, PSV Eindhoven ...
Arsenal Buys Teen Defender for $27 million    
Arsenal has signed England U-19 defender Calum Chambers from Southampton for about $27 million. The 19-year-old ...
Schweinsteiger Says Sorry for Insulting Song    
World Cup winner and Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has apologized after a video appeared of ...
Lionel Messi Not Clear of Tax Trouble    
Despite the prosecutor arguing in June that his father Jorge was responsible for the family's finances ...
Ranieri Named Greece Coach     
Claudio Ranieri on Friday signed a two-year deal to manage Greece. The 62-year-old Italian replaces Fernando ...
West Ham's Carroll to Miss Four Months    
West Ham striker Andy Carroll is set to miss up to four months after suffering ankle ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives