Argentine players detained in Brazil after brawl
BELO HORIZONTE - The Associated Press
A Brazilian anti-riot police officer aims his pellet shotgun to Argentina's Arsenal soccer players at the end of the Copa Libertadores soccer match against Brazil's Atletico Mineiro in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Wednesday, April 3, 2013. AP photoBrazilian authorities say at least four players from Argentine club Arsenal have been detained for interrogation after a confrontation with police at a Copa Libertadores match.
Police say at least two officers and a journalist sustained minor injuries in the brawl after Atletico Mineiro's 5-2 win over the Argentine club Wednesday.
Authorities say the players will likely be charged after throwing punches and kicking the officers who were trying to protect the referees as the final whistle blew at the Independencia Stadium.
Television images showed some of the players - who were not immediately identified - attacking the officers, who used shields and batons to protect themselves.
Some officers also had shotguns loaded with rubber bullets, although local police official Claudia Romualdo said no shots were fired at players.