The players and managers of Argentinian football club Boca Juniors were released on bail Wednesday after 12 hours in police custody in Brazil, following serious incidents that punctuated their elimination in the knockout round return of the Copa Libertadores by the Atlético Mineiro.
The Boca delegation, made up of around thirty people, left the Belo Horizonte (south-east) police station at midday, heading for the airport, to return to Buenos Aires, according to a photographer from the AFP present on site.
Eliminated on penalties Tuesday night after a 0-0 draw as in the first leg, players and managers of the Argentine club, unhappy to have been refused a goal in the second half, caused a general fight and destroyed furniture in the tunnel leading to the changing rooms.
The incidents were such that the military police had to intervene with tear gas.
According to the police, at least eight members of the Boca Juniors delegation, seven players and a leader, were identified by surveillance cameras during the fight.
These people are accused of assault, bodily harm or destruction of public property.
Boca Juniors paid a deposit of 9,000 reais
He “suffered during these two Copa Libertadores matches against Atlético Mineiro two inexplicable decisions refusing legitimate goals which destroyed the sporting spirit of the most prestigious tournament on the continent”, he denounces.
These facts “reveal the partial management of our continental football”, he continues, in an allusion to the Conmebol, the South American Football Confederation.
Jorge Ameal also attacks the management of Atlético Mineiro who “encouraged violent and threatening expressions for several days until the unfortunate events” which followed the match.
According to the G1 news site, four members of the Argentine delegation, accused of bodily harm, signed a document in which they undertake to appear at a court hearing in the future.
A total deposit of 9,000 reais ($ 1,700) was also paid, according to Itatiaia radio from Belo Horizonte.
The defendants were summoned to the Belo Horizonte police station to explain themselves, but the entire Argentine delegation decided to go there and ended up spending the night there.
Those who were not in custody slept in the club bus parked in front of the police station, under police escort.
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