Ex-Man Utd defender Marco Rojo PUNCHES a security guard as players fight their rivals with police using tear gas to calm the situation down.
Boca Juniors’ players were involved in a shocking bust-up following a Copa Libertadores defeat as the ex-Premier League footballer was seen punching a member of security.
Boca were left reeling after seeing a goal from Marcelo Weigandt get controversially ruled out by VAR in the second-leg of their round of 16 tie against Brazilian outfit Clube Atlético Mineiro.
Pero pará Marcos, ya está pic.twitter.com/lqiCyidydD
— Alfre Montes de Oca (@alfremontes) July 21, 2021
The match went to penalties where Juniors went on to lose 3-1 and the game was then marred as chaos struck when the Argentine side tried to break into the Mineirao dressing room before later clashing with police, who were forced to use tear gas in response.
Reports in Argentinian media outlet La Nacion suggested that events took a turn for the worse when Sergio Coelho, President of Atletico Mineirao, provoked the Boca players from the doorway of their dressing room.
This lead to an initial reaction from Boca’s Raúl Cascini and players were seen on video shoving each other and throwing objects around intending on hurting.
Police attempted to intervene in a bid to diffuse the violence which had broken out and in the end had to use tear gas cannisters in their effort to do so.
The Brazilian police attempted to arrest two of Boca’s players, Sebastián Villa and Carlos Zambrano.
Zambrano later took to his Twitter account where he called the disallowed goal and events that followed: ‘A disgrace, an abuse, a disaster.’
Se ve que en la transmision de allá no lo pasaron. pic.twitter.com/uMxyP47b59
— Faka (@Faka_sc) July 21, 2021
Boca legend Juan Roman Riquelme, the club’s vice-president, came to the defence of his side following the ugly fight with police.
‘When they were in the dressing room, you see a person in a suit who pushed the boys and insults them. The policemen threw gas in the players’ faces.
‘They gas, what do you do? Do you defend yourself or do you let them hit you? You see the president throwing bottles, the police… they don’t say anything to them. That’s the truth.’
Santiago Mayor, a Belo Horizonte police officer, told TyC Sports: ‘We have information that the match delegate said there was an aggression and at least three Boca players were identified as the aggressors.
‘There are videos that show that there was contempt’.
In the post match press conference, Boca Juniors boss Miguel Russo insisted his squad would not return to Argentina until all were able to do so.
‘Either we all leave or none of us leave,’ he said, following reports two players were of interest to police.
Shortly after midnight, a tweet by Mineiro’s official Twitter account played down the scandal.
‘After a long negotiation, mediated by president Sérgio Coelho, and the Argentinian delegation went to the police station to report an incident for property damage and aggression. No one will be arrested.’
Fans reacted as an ex-Man Utd defender PUNCHES security guard whilst players fight rivals with police using tear gas…
😅 Only Marcos Rojo would pick up a fire extinguisher in tunnel brawl!pic.twitter.com/ywH0Af8jlv
— The Sportsman (@TheSportsman) July 21, 2021
Boca Juniors were furious after having goals disallowed by VAR in both legs of their Copa Libertadores tie against Atletico Mineiro.
This was the goal they had disallowed in the first leg.pic.twitter.com/QQY7EvhWEl
— Sam Street (@samstreetwrites) July 21, 2021
@UtdNiamh: How Juan Mata managed more red cards then him is something
@benturner2226: Lets bring in peter walton for this one
@McGeezer87: “I’m on the fence here” That’s a barrier Peter
@UnitedPeoplesTV: Nothing to see here, just Marcos Rojo absolutely lumping a security guard in a post-match brawl. Nice to see the two-foot tackle king hasn’t changed
@Jayfuz: Took me a second to notice it but Marcos Rojo was full on about to launch a fire extinguisher at someone. The magic of the Copa Libatadores
@kxnafive: Rojo my fucking guyyyy
@adoRED19: Bring Rojo back!
@OTFaithful: Ex-Red Rojo going for the fire extinguisher in a scrap 🤣 Never change, Marcos! What a mad man. #mufc
@TheSportSocial: If you’d asked anyone who would be the most likely player to pick up a fire extinguisher in a tunnel brawl, 100% of them would say Marcos Rojo. And 100% of them would be correct.
@Bowtomephil: Surely they must be English fans because only us cause trouble according to the world.
@RUnited20: It was always gonna be Marcos Rojo wasn’t it 😂
@NotSoLocalHero: No. These must be English fans surely. No other fans in the history of any sport have ever done this.
@DazColledge: Shock Marcos Rojo was at the front of the queue 🤣
@thekickofftg: Just Marcos Rojo ready to kill someone with a fire extinguisher for Boca. No biggie.
@ShivLingz: I miss this kind of behavior 😂
@_RiecesPieces: Marcos Rojo doing Rojo tings, I love it
@jfsmith98: Please someone tell me what is Marcos Rojo doing 😭
@millerjames10: Got to love mad Marcos Rojo
@brenomaniezo: welcome to the copa libertadores guys
@smithy82: Love Marcos Rojo 😂🇾🇪⚽️🔥
@skywalkerated: never mess with the man AHAHHAHAHA
@scott94delaney: I fucking love Marcos Rojo. Wanted it to work out for him at United so bad
@westburyred: Re-sign him. 10 year contract. And make him captain.
@DJChrisLawlor: Only Marcos Rojo. Really only could have been him. How he didn’t kill someone while at @ManUtd I’ll never know
@unitedarchie: You can take the man out of Manchester United but you cannot take Manchester United out of the man.
@UtdGreen: Just wanted to take it home, emptied his own while making toast
@BradJCox_: How he managed to spend six and a half years at #MUFC and never see a red card is beyond me.
@ShaneVince6: I fucking miss this crack head 😂
@bry1983: Never change, Marcos.
@TheThinkingRam: What a guy 😂 Definitely one of them you’d want on your side if you were having a brawl. Man goes all out.
@javaidflannery: South American football is unmatched
@itznikshep: south americans are truly something else man. I miss him.
@craigsadler1903: Mad bastard he is
@simon14dawson: Don’t mess with the Rojo
@ManUtdCorner7: Marcos Rojo wasn’t messing around
@alishaa_marieee: I miss this shit house
@sarm0161: That was to put his toast out.
@SagivRadaMUFC: Good defender or not, Rojo was always funny 😂😂😂😂
@Germufc: Pure headcase this man, absolutely shite as a footballer though
@LeondiosLeonti: Rojo just loves to scrap 😂
@TommyGormanMUFC: My favourite ever player
@Wingwizrd: You can take the boy out of the ghetto but you can’t take the ghetto out of the boy
@SalamBader: This man never got a red card at United not for lack of trying
Rojo after he smashes someone with the fire extinguisher pic.twitter.com/WXtBYbAKrz
— Super Hans (@no_context_Hans) July 21, 2021