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Ney Franco: Tigre 'chickened out' of second-half

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São Paulo manager Ney Franco has accused Tigre of causing a scene to avoid the second-half of their Copa Sudamericana final on Wednesday night.

The game at the Morumbi was abandoned at half-time after Tigre refused to take the field for the second-half, following accusations of assaults from São Paulo security staff.

The São Paulo manager, though, showed little sympathy for their complaints and laid the blame solely at the feet of the visitors for the trouble that ensued.

"We faced a team that overstepped the limits in terms of marking. They handed out a lot of punishment," Ney Franco told reporters.

"The shame is on their side. I have no information of what happened off the field, but we are enjoying this. We are very happy."

Pressed further on the issue, he added: "We heard that they were having some issues, but they are not saints. What they did on the pitch, they may have done in the tunnel.

"Those guys lack education, that's the best way to put it. We wanted more goals in the second-half and they chickened out and caused a scene."

The former Brazil Under-20 manager was also clear what needs to be done in the future, making clear that this was no isolated incident for Argentinian sides.

He added: "CONMEBOL need to take action. We are tired of being escorted, that we need police with shields at the edge of the pitch to take a corner."

 
 

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