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21st Jul 2021

Marcos Rojo wields fire extinguisher amid tunnel brawl after Boca Libertadores defeat

Simon Lloyd

Rojo and his Boca teammates were involved in ugly scenes after their defeat to Atletico Mineiro, on Tuesday

Those who remember his time at Manchester United will know that when it comes to Marcos Rojo, you never quite know what you’re getting.

Even at his best, when he looked a picture of composure in the United defence, there was always a feeling that a two-footed tackle on someone’s teeth wasn’t too far away.

This, then, should come as no surprise… As Boca Juniors crashed out of the Copa Libertadores to Atletico Mineiro via a penalty shootout on Tuesday, Rojo was seen arming himself with a fire extinguisher as he and his teammates attempted to force their way into the Brazilian side’s changing room.

We’re not sure what actually happened to the extinguisher after this short clip, but the footage has been shared high and wide in South America in the time since.

Players from both side had clashed in the tunnel after the game, as ugly scenes marred the Brazilian side’s victory.

Boca players had reportedly been trying to get to the match officials, who had sought refuge in Atletico’s changing room after full-time.

Boca players had been angered at being denied what they thought was a perfectly legitimate goal by the Video Assistant Referee. This was the second time in the tie that this had happened to the Argentine giants, who were also denied a goal in the first leg at La Bombonera.

Tempers quickly boiled over after they were eliminated in the shootout.

Brazilian officials had also tangled with Boca players as the referee went to a pitch-side monitor to check the ‘goal’, with both assistant managers sent off from the sidelines as a result of the fracas that followed.

Further footage shared on social media also shows Boca players clashing with police after the game, having reportedly been targeted with pepper spray.

Crazy scenes.

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