SANTOS’ Copa Libertadores conflict with Independiente on Tuesday evening was deserted after police have been compelled to interrupt up a large on-field brawl.
The second-leg of the cup-tie was known as off with simply moments left after Santos followers launched fireworks on the Independiente bench.
The wild supporters then stormed the pitch earlier than getting in a widespread scrap with baton-wielding police.
Native cops battled to maintain followers off the sphere, with gamers from each side looking for refuge down the tunnel.
The Chilean referee promptly known as off the sport and despatched the 2 units of stars to their dressing rooms in a bid to stop them getting caught within the melee.
With scores of furious followers leaping over hoardings in a determined try to get in on the scrap, police have been compelled to launch percussion grenades to place an finish to the violence.
The last-16 Copa Libertadores tie had already been marred by controversy following the first-leg – which additionally ended Zero-Zero.
After final week’s stalemate, Independiente have been awarded a Three-Zero win hours earlier than yesterday’s kick-off, with Santos adjudged to have fielded an ineligible participant.
With simply minutes left on the clock and the rating at Zero-Zero, Santos followers have been fast to vent their anger on the choice.
Nonetheless, the match is not going to be accomplished or replayed – with Independiente marching on to the quarter-finals of South America’s prime competitors.