In the wake of their 5 – 2 defeat to Atletico Miniero last night in Belo Horizonte four Arsenal players were detained by police after fighting broke out on the pitch. Unhappy with an earlier decision (Miniero’s second goal coming from this contentious penalty decision) some of the Arsenal players had surrounded the referee and when police moved in to break this up, the Arsenal players began throwing punches and kicks. The whole Arsenal travelling party were then kept behind so the culprits could be identified and it is now understood that at least four players were questioned over their involvement and that Julito Grondona, Club President has already paid a fine of $20, 000. VIDEO HERE
Needless to say, Atletico Miniero are less than happy about this. Club Director, Eduardo Maluf claimed that the Arsenal dressing room was also damaged and they will be seeking damages and manager, Cuca said that “They came here to fight.”
Unfortunately the incident will do little to ease Argentine Brazilian relations, following on from last year’s calamitous final between Tigre and Sao Paulo.