A mass brawl marred the end of a Copa Libertadores game and Palmeiras claimed their players were deliberately stopped from leaving the pitch by Penarol.

On-loan Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo responded with punches when he and Palmeiras keeper Fernando Prass were chased by players from the home team.

Brazilian champions Palmeiras came from 2-0 down to beat the Uruguayans 3-2.

Palmeiras coach Eduardo Baptista said: “When we tried to leave the tunnel was closed and security guards stopped us.”

He added: ” Our own security got us off the field and stopped something worse happening. It’s lamentable. It could have been much worse.”

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