Videos: Two players sent-off for attacking fans and riot police as crowd trouble engulfs Copa Sudamericana match

Posted by Chris Wright

Mere days after we bought you footage of a junior league game in the Paraguayan capital descending into 36 red cards-worth of anarchy, comes this from last night's Copa Sudamericana last-16 tie between Cerro Porteno and Colon, which had to be put on ice for over 20 minutes while police struggled to contain an ugly riot in the stands.

With their side 2-1 down on the night, 4-2 down on aggregate and looking increasingly like being jettisoned from the tournament, Colon fans began hailing bottles and coins down onto the riot police patrolling the edge of the pitch with the game halted by the referee on the 76th-minute mark.

Within minutes the violence escalated as seats were torn up and various bits of the stadium were hurled over the fencing and into the home support as floods of fans fled from the terraces.

The riot went on in fits and starts for a further 17 minutes, with police firing rubber bullets into the Colon supporters in a bid to calm them down. We're sure it made sense at the time.

Eventually, the referee saw fit to restart the game and get the last 15 minutes of the fixture over and done with, though not before showing red cards to a pair of Colon players, keeper Diego Pozo and right-back Maximiliano Caire, after being informed by the head of security that the two players had (quite literally) kicked out at both fans and riot police alike after finding that they would not be allowed to check on their relatives sitting in the stands...

Seems like there's definitely something in the water down Asuncion way at the moment. For the record, the game ended 2-1 (4-2 to Cerro Porteno on aggregate) and the Paraguayan side therefore advanced through to the quarter-finals.

(Videos: 101GG)

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