The Disciplinary Unit of CONMEBOL must analyze the image in which football fans appear Corinthians He tore up Argentine peso bills and threw them towards the Argentines in the match between the Brazilian club and Boca Juniors Tuesday evening (5th) at La Bombonera in Buenos Aires. Corinthians won 6-5 on penaltiesafter 0-0 in normal time, and advanced to the quarter-finals of Editors.
This act is considered provocative by the Argentines for citing the devaluation of their currency against the real – the country is in economic chaos. Corinthians have already been fined 30,000 USD (162,000 Brazilian reais) in this Copa Libertadores for a similar act that occurred in the match against Boca in Bombonera in the group stage, on 17 May. The club is framed in Article 10.2, Clause D, of the Disciplinary Code, which deals with the attitudes of fans that can impose penalties on Libertadores participants.
The text states that punishment can be imposed if it is observed that “the use of gestures, words, objects or other means to communicate any inappropriate message in a sporting event, particularly of a political, aggressive or provocative nature.” In the June 24 decision, the president of the CONMEBOL Discipline Court, Eduardo Gros Brown, recognized that the gestures characterize provocative political messages from Brazilians to Argentines.
In the same game, Boca was fined 100,000 US dollars (542 thousand Brazilian reais) for racist acts. A fan who imitated monkeys for the Brazilians. The court also forced the Argentine club to enter the stadium for Tuesday’s match with a banner reading “Enough of racism”, with the same message displayed on the Bombonera screen throughout the match. There was no record of racist acts on Tuesday.
Fortaleza fans were actually caught ripping peso toward the Argentines in the match against River Plate, on April 13. There was no complaint to the Brazilian club in this case. In the same confrontation, a River fan threw a banana at the Brazilians and the club was fined $30,000 based on Section 17 of the Disciplinary Code, which deals with discrimination.
If Corinthians are punished again, for being a repeat offender, they could get a higher fine, but there is no risk of having to play matches behind closed doors or part of the banned New Coimica Arena. The case does not fall within the discrimination article whose provisions were tightened after the racist acts recorded in 2022 in the CONMEBOL tournaments.
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