Marcos Rojo and Boca players storm opposition dressing room in chaotic scenes

There were chaotic scenes in Brazil on Tuesday night as Boca Juniors players clashed with their opposition and police after they were knocked out of the Copa Libertadores by Atletico Mineiro.

Following a 0-0 draw in both legs of their quarter-final clash, the Argentinean giants were eventually defeated 3-1 on penalties in Belo Horizonte.

But Boca were left incensed by the result after feeling they had two goals wrongly disallowed by VAR over the course of the two games.

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And after the shoot-out tensions spilled over in the tunnel, with footage showing a number of their players attempting to get into the Mineiro dressing room, where it is believed the match officials had taken refuge.

There were chaotic scenes after the penalty shoot-out

Former Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo was one of those who was heavily involved, and he was seen brandishing a fire extinguisher in anger, while others threw objects, one of which appeared to be a metal barrier.

Things got so out of hand that the police had to get involved, and they were seen using tear-gas to try to calm the situation down.

And there are now suggestions from the Argentinean press that a number of Boca players and officials could be arrested by the Brazilian forces for the part they played in the shameful scenes.

A number of Boca players threw objects
A number of Boca players threw objects

A member of the Brazilian police force, Santiago Mayor, told TyC Sports: “The match commissioner told us that there was aggression and that immediately activated our intervention.

“There are currently three players that have been identified as aggressors and are being charged with civil disturbance. We are currently still viewing surveillance video to see if there are any others involved.”

It was an unsavoury end to what was a bad-tempered tie, and when asked whether refereeing had been a factor in their elimination Boca midfielder Diego Gonzalez told reporters after the game: “Without a doubt, everyone can see that.

Marcos Rojo was seen holding a fire extinguisher
Marcos Rojo was seen holding a fire extinguisher

“We scored a good goal, and the fact is that we deserved to win the first game as well.

“This hurts, we feel bad. CONMEBOL [the South American Football Confederation] need to look at the refereeing.”

This is not the first time Boca have been involved in controversy when it comes to the Copa Libertadores.

In 2018 the second leg of their final against bitter rivals River Plate had to be moved outside of Argentina to Real Madrid’s Bernabeu following fan trouble after a bus attack.

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