Conmebol sanctioned the Argentine teams again and this time the fines fell on three of those who participate in the Copa Libertadores and will be in the round of 16. These are River, Estudiantes and Vélez, who will have to face economic amounts that will be deducted from television rights that they were going to receive from the mother house of South American football.
In the case of River, the sanction was for having arrived late to the game against Fortaleza, game that ended tied 1-1 on May 5. He will have to pay a fine of 10,000 dollars and, in addition, his technician Marcelo Gallardo was warned for the same reason and, in case of recidivism, will be formally warned.
River and Fortaleza against racism.
Núñez’s club had already been punished for a racist act in the match vs. Brazilians in Núñez and there is a long history of comings and goings between Conmebol and Gallardo: The coach could not sit on the bench in the definitions of the Libertadores that he won in 2015 and 2018, against Boca in Madrid.
On the other hand, Conmebol Vélez was fined 35 thousand dollars for having committed four infractions during the match against Nacional de Montevideo, on April 26 at the José Amalfitani.
Also for the match against the Uruguayans, in which there were incidents in the stands, Estudiantes de La Plata was fined. And also for the match against Bragantino, for the racist gestures of some fans against supporters of the Brazilian team. El Pincha violated articles 9 and 17 of the Disciplinary Code and must pay a total of 40,000 dollars.
File against Boca
Although no sanctions were reported against Boca, Conmebol has an open file for having reoffended racist acts in the local match against Corinthians and there could be a harsh measure against the Xeneize team. The new penalties include fines of “at least” $100,000 and the possibility of “imposing the sanction of playing one or several games behind closed doors or the partial closure of the stadium”.
In this context, The outlook for Boca and La Bombonera for the second round rematch on July 5 is not the most optimistic. The possibility of disassociating oneself from what a fan did is not possible, since article 9 makes the clubs responsible for the behavior of “players, officials, members, the attending public, fans.” And the recurrence is very clear. It will depend on the decision of the judicial body of Conmebol to issue a strong sanction that also includes the stadium, as allowed by the regulations.
Modification of article 17
The Council makes this determination due to the worrying increase in the number of infractions committed by fans, in terms of discrimination, specifically racism.
ARTICLE 17. DISCRIMINATION
1. Any player or official who insults or violates the human dignity of another person or group of people, by any means, for reasons of skin color, race, sex or sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, creed or origin will be suspended for a minimum of five games or for a minimum period of two months.
2. Any Member Association or club whose fans insult or violate the human dignity of another person or group of people, by any means, for reasons of skin colour, race, sex or sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, creed or origin will be sanctioned with a fine of at least ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND AMERICAN DOLLARS (USD. 100,000). Likewise, the competent Judicial Body may impose the sanction of playing one or several games behind closed doors or the partial closure of the stadium.
3. If the particular circumstances of a case so require, the competent Judicial Body may impose additional sanctions on the Member Association or on the responsible club, player or official.
4. Any form of ideological propaganda before, during and after the match is prohibited. Violators of this provision will be subject to the penalties provided for in sections 1 to 3 of this same article.
CONMEBOL, as the parent entity of South American football, strongly condemns this type of behavior, with the main purpose of consolidating spaces free of any type of violence, fighting racism and all forms of discrimination in South American football stadiums and defending the positive values that They are the basis of football.
CONMEBOL urges the participating clubs to spread educational and awareness messages, develop ideas and strategies in order to promote sporting values and eradicate all types of discrimination in football.