Copa Sudamericana Final Video: Sao Paolo Beat Tigre 2-0 Amid Attack Allegations
Sao Paolo have been awarded victory in the Copa Sudamericana Final against Tigre after the Argentine side refused to emerge for the second half, citing attacks on their players during the interval from Brazilian security forces.
Brazilians Sao Paolo were leading 2-0 at the half time break, with PSG-bound Lucas Moura playing his final match before departing for Europe.
The playmaker was central to much of the main talking points from the opening period as he scored one and assisted the other for Sao Paolo, but also suffered several heavy tackles from the opposition and suffered a facial injury, according to the Daily Mail.
It was at the start of half time, though, that the real trouble broke out, as fights on the pitch led to two red cards being shown to Tigre players. After they eventually retreated to the dressing rooms, Tigre's coach, Nestor Gorosito, claimed that Brazilian security forces attacked the players and held them at gunpoint, per Yahoo! Sports:
They pulled two guns on us, the rest of the match is not going to be played. 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.
The Sao Paulo president Juvenal Juvencio claimed instead that the Tigre players were afraid of going on to "lose by a big score."
When Tigre failed to return to the pitch for the second half, the referee awarded Sao Paolo the victory by default. The Argentine side have filed a complaint with Brazilian police according to The Guardian, but there will be no overturning the result or the cup being awarded to Sao Paolo.
As for Brazil, with the FIFA World Cup set to be hosted there just 18 months from now, the country will hope that these scenes and allegations do not deter visiting supporters from travelling.
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