Thursday, December 13, 2012
Guns, blood, a suspension...oh yes, and Sao Paulo wins Copa Sudamericana 2012
I thought I had seen everything in Southamerican football in my (almost) 36 years, but I've watched something unreal tonight.
It probably all started when Sao Paulo didn't allow Tigre to have a practice at the Morumbi, the stadium where the game was played, plus the fans gave them a very nice welcome with a rain of stones to the team bus, breaking some windows but unfortunately this is a "common practice" in South America.
The 1st half of the 2nd leg of Copa Sudamericana had passed with no surprises as Sao Paulo had a deserved 2-0 lead and besides a few hard fouls, common in this region in this kind of intense and important games, not much had happened.
And then all hell broke loose...
According to Tigre's players they were welcomed at the locker room by a group of Sao Paulo's private security who threatened them with guns, and started a fight that finished with some players injured and blood on the door and walls (this was later shown on TV).
Other reports say that the Argentinean team tried to fight the Brazilians because they were making fun of them, and when they went back to the locker room they met this big group of guys that hurt them and pointed guns at them.
Tigre decided not to return for the 2nd half and the story finished in the most unbelievable way possible: the Chilean referee Enrique Osses decided to call the game off and automatically award it as a win for Sao Paulo.
Sao Paulo fans and players celebrated and the ridiculous CONMEBOL authorities, a group of very old dinosaurs like in FIFA, made the trophy ceremony with a smile on their faces as if nothing had happened.
What will happen next ? Well, probably CONMEBOL will simulate an investigation that will finish with some kind of fine on Tigre for refusing to go out for the 2nd half, and maybe something on Sao Paulo if they can prove that the private security failed.
THE SHOW MUST GO ON !!
Next week CONMEBOL will host the draw of Copa Libertadores 2013 and we'll see again all this old, rich and useless people smiling to the cameras as usual like if nothing had happened.
Sad day in Southamerican football, and that it was in a final makes it even worst.
Tigre's first (and probably only) continental final ever will be a black page in football history.