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Copa Sudamericana: São Paulo handed title in match hit by violence

São Paulo were crowned 2012 Copa Sudamericana champions on Wednesday night in a match that ended at half-time after reports of violence against visiting side Tigre.

Having fallen 2-0 behind to their Brazilian hosts in the first-half, Tigre failed to re-emerge for the second period after accusations of aggression from security forces that left several players injured.

There had been signs of trouble on the pitch in the first-half as the Argentines responded badly to São Paulo taking the lead through well-taken counter-attack goals from Lucas Moura and Osvaldo.

For the most part it had been niggly challenges, but the night took a turn for the worse when Lucas was elbowed by opposite number Orban—leaving the São Paulo youngster bloodied.

It was this incident that kicked off proceedings at half-time, with Lucas challenging his opposite number over the injury which sparked a brawl that saw São Paulo's Paulo Miranda and Tigre's Gaston Diaz dismissed. It appeared to have been Tigre who were the aggressors.

The Argentines, though, would not re-appear for the second-half after a series of incidents in the changing rooms that will be debated for some time.

It appears, though, that the visitors were confronted by São Paulo's security staff and several players were attacked, with goalkeeper Albil reportedly threatened with a gun. Television evidence would appear to support claims of bloodshed.

With the visitors refusing to take the field after the incidents, referee Enrique Osses awarded the game in favour of São Paulo sparking scenes of joyous celebration in the Morumbi. It is a night, though, that ultimately brought much shame on South American football.


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