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Tigres team frightened into forfeiting Copa Sudamericana

Published time: December 13, 2012 13:36
Edited time: December 13, 2012 17:44
 Lucas of Brazil's Sao Paulo celebrates with the trophy for the victory of their Copa Sudamericana football final match against Argentine's Tigre at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 12, 2012. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Lucas of Brazil's Sao Paulo celebrates with the trophy for the victory of their Copa Sudamericana football final match against Argentine's Tigre at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 12, 2012. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

Sao Paulo has been awarded the Copa Sudamericana after their Argentinean opponents, Tigres, refused to leave their changing room following a half-time fight between players and officials.

The brawl erupted when the Brazilian side were two goals ahead on aggregate courtesy of Lucas Moura and Osvaldo. The tightness of the game resulted in six yellow cards and a red even before the break. However, the fate of the final was decided off the pitch.

During the interval Tigre were allegedly attacked in their changing room by police and security officials. Argentine television showed images of blood on the walls of the Tigre dressing room. Their coach, Nestor Gorosito, confirmed the team were threatened with weapons.

"During the break, a big guy came in with a gun. They pulled two revolvers," Gorosito told Fox Sports. "We're not going to play anymore. Police entered and struck our players with sticks. It was crazy, what happened was crazy.”

"Some policeman started to hit some of my players. We tried to defend ourselves. We trained two hours away from our hotel, and it took us more than an hour to get to the stadium. We were unable to warm up on the pitch."

Romer Osuna, a Bolivian official with CONMEBOL, said the players were too scared to return to the pitch.

"The Tigre people declined to play because they considered security was not good enough," Fox Sports quotes him as saying. “The referee abandoned the game because it was not right to play on. This decision is final. It is a shame that a continental final finished in this fashion."

Consequently Sao Paulo were declared champions, while the Argentinean side filed a complaint with the Brazilian police.

This picture taken on December 12, 2012 shows military police officers entering the field as players of Brazil′s Sao Paulo and Argentine′s Tigre argue after the first half of their Copa Sudamericana football final match at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)
This picture taken on December 12, 2012 shows military police officers entering the field as players of Brazil's Sao Paulo and Argentine's Tigre argue after the first half of their Copa Sudamericana football final match at Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo. (AFP Photo/Yasuyoshi Chiba)

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