Boca Juniors are indicted by police about six after the Copa Libertadores conflict
Brazilian police on Wednesday indicted six Boca Juniors players and officials, the day after they were involved in clashes with rivals and police following Atletico Mineiro’s elimination of the Copa Libertadores.
Two were charged with property damage and released after paying bail of 3,000 reais (US $ 574) each, Minas Gerais State Police said in a statement.
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Four other members of the Argentine club were charged with assault and abuse of the authorities. They were released after “formally agreeing to appear before a judge at a later date,” the statement said.
None of the six were identified by name.
Boca, one of the largest clubs in Argentina, was eliminated from the Libertadores, the South American counterpart to the Champions League, on Tuesday evening at Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte.
The game ended 0-0 and the home side won 3-1 on penalties.
However, Boca had to deny a goal in the second half after a long consultation with the video assistant referee (VAR).
The Argentine team also had a goal in the goalless first leg that was not recognized by VAR.
Angry Boca players and officials clashed with their rivals on the sidelines as the referee looked at the VAR monitor, and after the final whistle there was more trouble in the tunnel and locker rooms.
Brazilian police used pepper spray on the door of their locker room against Boca players and officials after the game. Videos showed the players suffocating as they cursed police officers.