This Friday the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) sanctioned River Plate with a fine of USD 30 thousand for the discriminatory acts of one of its partners during the triumph of Marcelo Gallardo’s team against Fortaleza for date 2 of Group F of the Copa Libertadores. Hours later, the Argentine club issued a statement to inform that it will appeal the sanction and also that it will hold the fan responsible for what he did.
“The Club also informs that, without prejudice to this appeal, if it is final, the fine imposed by CONMEBOL on the person identified as responsible for these racist gestures will be repeated, so that the malicious conduct of a fan do not harm the entire Institution”, indicates the letter published on the official website of the institution. In this way, The man who threw a banana at the stand where the supporters of the Brazilian team were could face a payment of USD 30 thousand dollars.
River Plate made it clear that he will seek to avoid the sanction since “understands that there are sufficient elements to demonstrate the Club’s absence of responsibility for what happened, considering that the Institution took all the measures at its disposal before the match and during its performance so that events like this did not occur, with important efforts in terms of security and communication that sought to guarantee the good behavior of the fans both inside the Stadium and in its vicinity”.
From what he was able to find out Infobae, the Núñez entity is going to present itself as a plaintiff to sue for damages and prejudice to the fan who made racist gestures in the match against Fortaleza in order to collect the fine imposed by Conmebol. He also made the decision to suspend the partner.
For its part, Fortress had condemned the attitude of the Argentine fan, but in turn separated the leadership millionaire: “We are 2 million fans, we are of all classes and all colors. River Plate, one of the biggest clubs in the world, received us in a courteous and honorable manner, that nothing compares to the act in question”, he posted on his website.
River Plate’s full statement
Club Atlético River Plate communicates that it will appeal the sanction of the CONMEBOL Disciplinary Commission, which today imposed a fine of US$ 30,000 for the racist gestures of a fan during the April 13 match against Fortaleza .
This appeal is based on the fact that River Plate understands that there are sufficient elements to demonstrate the Club’s absence of responsibility for what happened, considering that the Institution took all the measures at its disposal before the match and during its performance so that events such as that did not occur, with important efforts in terms of security and communication that sought to guarantee the good behavior of the fans both inside the Stadium and in its surroundings. And that, likewise, once the racist gestures were known, the Club acted quickly to repudiate and denounce the actions of this fan, managing to identify him and proceeding to provisionally suspend him as a member of the Somos River community.
On the other hand, the Club also informs that, notwithstanding this appeal, if it remains firm, the fine imposed by CONMEBOL on the person identified as responsible for these racist gestures will be repeated, so that the malicious conduct of a fan does not harm the entire Institution.
On the other hand, they confirmed to this medium that River presented a complete report to Conmebol on what happened in the match against Colo Colo due to the incidents that occurred. They consider that there was no security when the squad arrived in Chile, on the way to the hotel, or at the stadium.
“We are in 2022. Things cannot continue to happen as if we were in the ’70s. The other day in Chile we experienced it, we experienced moments of tension. We arrived at the airport on Tuesday night and that transfer from the airport to the hotel with the players’ bus, vans with leaders, props, was accompanied by only a police mobile. Obviously during the journey we had several moments of tension and danger. We arrived at the hotel. The next day when we left for the court there was no police presence. We were gifted. There was neither public nor private security. But River fans were at the mercy of God. The access doors between the two fans were very close and there were no police officers in that place. Imagine that things happen when there is security, when there is not… There were robberies, bullfights, violence… Club leaders approached that door asking for a bit of control. They never sent any kind of presence. In the stands there were aggressive flags against River. There were many River fans who had a bad time. Whether they are from River or any other club, there is no reason to spend more time going to a stadium. Attempts of sticks, irons, to invade the River stand… It was shameful and without police presence, “said Ignacio Villarroel, second vice president of the entity in dialogue with Radio La Red.
Finally, he reported: “We prepared a complete report on what I just told you. Whether we are on one side or the other, it is our obligation as managers of soccer teams to work on this, we cannot look to the side. We have to coordinate with CONMEBOL, the local club, the visitor, private security, public security… It’s everyone’s show, and we all have to coordinate to make it as peaceful as possible for everyone. We don’t have to tolerate it anymore.”