Tigre Abandon Copa Sudamericana Match After Police Threaten Them with Guns (Video)

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The 2012 Copa Sudamericana got off to a pretty rocky start last week. This week things got worse.

Last Thursday we told you how two players got ejected just 13 minutes into the first leg of the prestigious South American club championship—one from São Paulo FC for almost kicking a guy in the nads, the other from Club Atlético Tigre for pretending like he actually was kicked in the nads.

That was pretty weird. But this Wednesday, during the second leg of the Copa, things got surreal.

At the end of the first half there was a brawl between players and officials as players were leaving the field and heading back to their respective dressing rooms. No big deal, right? I mean, this is soccer after all.

However, Tigre refused to take the field at the start of the second half. Why? Because they say that riot police pulled guns and threatened them.

Tigre coach Nestor Gorosito told Fox Sports, “They ambushed us and one of them pulled out a revolver and put it against [goalkeeper] Damian Albil’s chest. Their security and police also hit us, there were around 20 of them.”

As a result of Tigre not taking the field, the championship was awarded automatically to São Paulo. Could you imagine something like this happening anywhere else? The Giants winning the Super Bowl because the Patriots wouldn’t take the field after cops pointed guns at them?

It’s nuts.

Now, it should be noted that Tigre was down 2-0 at the half and 2-0 overall. So a victory was highly unlikely for the visitors, and some São Paulo supporters have suggest Tigre just didn’t want to play out the loss. However, that’s a pretty extreme claim to make just to get out of finishing the game. And it’s not like the deficit was completely insurmountable. Teams come back from 2-0 all the time. So who knows?

Hat Tip – [The Guardian]

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