Mon. Aug 8th, 2022

Former Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo has been hit by a five-match ban for his role in a post-match brawl in which he had a fire extinguisher and beat a security guard.

The unpleasant clash took place during a Copa Libertadores last 16 draw in July when Rojo’s Boca Juniors side were knocked out of the competition by rivals Atletico Mineiro.

Rojo used to wear red to Manchester United

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Rojo used to wear red to Manchester United

And now he regularly looks red for Boca Juniors

And now he regularly looks red for Boca Juniors

The Argentine outfit Boca was outraged by referee decisions in both legs of the South American equivalent of the European Champions League, and let their frustrations boil over into chaos after the match.

Boca had goals ruled out by the referee in both legs of the tie, which ended 0-0 overall before Brazilian side Mineiro won on penalties.

A series of disturbing videos showed the Boca team trying to storm the opposition’s locker room at the Estadio Mineirao, which was reportedly where the match officials were hiding.

Security videos showed a series of dangerous objects being thrown into the tunnel area, where a clip of Rojo lifted a fire extinguisher from the wall and prepared to throw it.

The defender has also allegedly beaten a security guard during the chaos.

Boca players, including Rojo, reacted shockingly to their defeat

Boca players, including Rojo, reacted shockingly to their defeat

Police intervened using tear gas, but there had already been plenty of damage, with Rojo now in big trouble.

A statement from the South American Football Association, CONMEBOL, said: “Suspend player Marcos Rojo for five matches.

“The player Marcos Rojo is also fined USD 25,000 (twenty-five thousand US dollars).

“The amount of this fine shall be automatically deducted from the amount which CLUB ATLÉTICO BOCA JUNIORS shall receive in respect of television or sponsorship rights.”

Rojo often played on the edge for United, but is now being punished for it in Boca

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Rojo often played on the edge for United, but is now being punished for it in Boca

Rojo was signed by Man United from Sporting CP in 2014 and spent six seasons at Old Trafford, scoring 122 games.

The erratic 31-year-old managed to avoid ever seeing red while in the Premier League, but has already been sent off since returning to his native Argentina.

During the famous Superclasico between Boca and rivals River Plate, Rojo managed to get two yellow cards in the first 16 minutes, which contributed to a 2-1 loss for his side.

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