Boca Juniors team held at police station for rioting after Copa Libertadores exit

Boca Juniors team held at police station for rioting after Copa Libertadores exit, Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:45 PM
  • Boca Juniors were knocked out of the ongoing Copa Libertadores in the Round of 16 by Brazilian outfit Atletico Miniero
  • The tie had ended 0-0 in Brazil, with the hosts winning 3-1 via penalties before a brawl ensued between both teams
  • Boca Juniors stars reportedly attacked police officers as well as their opponents and were made to spend the night at the station

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The entire Boca Juniors squad spent the night at a police station following a brawl with police officers shortly after they were knocked out of Copa Libertadores, SunSport reports.

A riot incident occurred right after the Argentine team were defeated by Brazilian side Atletico Miniero 3-1 on penalties after the Round of 16 tie had ended 0-0.

The chaos began as soon as the match ended and then Boca players were alleged to have visited the opposition dressing room to attack Atletico.

Boca Juniors Spend Night at Station After Rioting and Attacking Police After Crashing Out of Copa Libertadores
Boca Juniors have crashed out of Copa Libertadores. Photo: Bruna Prado-Pool
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ESPN are reporting that members of Boca Juniors then proceeded to attack police officers and even spat on some of the operatives.

Peruvian defender Carlos Zambrano and Colombian striker Sebastian Villa were both apprehended by the military police in the aftermath of the brawl.

But instead of the duo going to the police station alone, the entire Boca team decided to come with them to spend the night. Coach Miguel Angel Russo said:

“If the two stay, we stay two. Let's go all or none. A police officer told Boca officials: The security forces have to take legal action.
"Employees of the Boca Juniors team have accompanied the internal cameras with us.
"So far, they have identified two Boca players in crimes of property damage."

Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo was one player spotted in the midst of the riot.

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Yerry Mina happy with Messi earlier reported that Yerry Mina has stated that he holds no grudge with Lionel Messi after the Argentine seemed to have taunted him during the Copa America semifinal game against Colombia.

The Albicelste defeated Colombia on penalties after both sides played a 1-1 during regulation time and went on to shoot-outs.

Everton star Mina lost his spot-kick and Messi appeared to have repeatedly shouted 'dance now' as his teammates celebrated the save made by Emiliano Martinez.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.