Argentina’s Boca Juniors players spent the night in a bus outside a police station in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte after battling with security following their Copa Libertadores shootout loss to local Atletico Mineiro Tuesday.
The fight erupted as the Boca Juniors players returned to the locker room. Video footage showed members of the team throwing punches and objects at security personnel. The team were apparently furious with a goal that was disallowed by an out-of-game video appeal.
The Brazilian club said on Twitter that players from Boca also tried to break into their locker room and destroyed water fountains and railings.
The Argentine delegation was due to return to Argentina the same night, according to an online news site G1 reported, but the team bus was taken to the police station instead.
The delegation remained outside the police station on Wednesday morning, but Argentina’s Ambassador to Brazil Daniel Scioli said on his official Facebook page that the entire team would return to Argentina in the afternoon.
Atletico Mineiro said their president, Sérgio Coelho, had negotiated with security forces so that the Boca players would testify to police about the incident without risking arrest.
The mayor of Santiago, spokesperson for the military police of Belo Horizonte, told Argentina TyC Sports Channel that three Boca Juniors players had been identified as attacking security personnel, although he did not identify them.
Juan Román Riquelme, vice-president of Boca, complained to the same channel that security guards did not allow players to return to the locker rooms.
Both round-of-16 games ended in a goalless scoreline, but Atletico Mineiro won 3-1 on penalties on Tuesday night to qualify. Boca Juniors players and managers were furious that a goal was canceled after a video review.
Atletico Mineiro will face one of the two Argentinian clubs in the next stage. River Plate and Argentinos Juniors drew 0-0 last week.