Players and staff from Colombian side Junior and Argentina’s River Plate were left rubbing their eyes in discomfort after police fired tear gas at protesters outside the stadium ahead of their Copa Libertadores match in Barranquilla on Wednesday.

Demonstrations fuelled by outrage at a now-cancelled tax plan have grown in Colombia over the last two weeks.

Television pictures earlier showed the River team cutting short its warm-up on the pitch due to similar discomfort at the Romelio Martinez stadium in Barranquilla, the city which will host the Copa America final in July.

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Loud bangs and sirens were heard outside the ground. The game ended 1-1.

Another Libertadores game between Atletico Nacional and Nacional of Uruguay in Pereira was delayed by an hour due to protests there.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL)…

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