Arsenal players detained in Brazil after Copa Libertadores brawl
Four Arsenal Sarandi players were detained by police in Brazil during a brawl which occurred after Atlético Mineiro's 5-2 win yesterday evening.
Police officers restrained the Argentineans who confronted officials in the moments after the final whistle which saw them retaliate with punches and kicks.
The Belo Horizonte police then moved in swiftly to detain players and members of the coaching staff, all of whom were not allowed to leave the stadium.
"The officers were positioned to provide safety to the visiting players so they could go into the locker rooms, but inexplicably they attacked the officers again as they left the field,'' local police officer Claudia Romualdo said, adding that one of the players kicked her in the chest.
"What happened here is deplorable. This is not about sports. When our law is broken, obviously we need to take action.''
Atlético Mineiro club director Eduardo Maluf told local media that the locker room had been damaged by the visiting side and that he would be asking Arsenal to pay for the club's losses.
"They came here to fight,'' Atlético Mineiro coach Cuca added. "I was tired of seeing their defensive midfielders kicking [our players] away from the ball.'