Brazilian police have charged six Boca Juniors players and officials on Wednesday, a day after they were involved in clashes with rivals and police following their Copa Libertadores elimination by Atletico Mineiro.
Two were charged with damaging property and released after paying $574 bail each, the Minas Gerais state police said in a statement.
Four others from the Argentine club were charged with causing bodily harm and abusing authorities. They were released after “formally agreeing to appear before a judge” at a future date, the statement added.
None of the six Boca players were identified, with the club releasing the following statement:
“Boca Juniors suffered during the Copa Libertadores series against Atletico Mineiro two inexplicable wrong decisions overturning legal goals which have destroyed the spirit of the most prestigious tournament in the continent.
“Our fans, players and coaching staff have been harmed by a malicious and intentional way of utilizing the VAR technology. What happened marks an unprecedented event. It’s the first time where a team that won the two games in the series is eliminated from the competition.
“We can’t overlook the attitude of the Club Atletico Mineiro president who encouraged and incited the violence with threatening messages for several days until reaching the point of the regrettable events in which our players, coaching staff and executive management were physically harmed and detained for more than 12 hours in unfortunate conditions in order to not break the sanitary bubble.”
Boca, one of the biggest clubs in Argentina, were knocked out of the Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the CAF Champions League, on Tuesday evening at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.
The match ended 0-0 and the home side won 3-1 on penalties.
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By FARPost Reporter