Boca: Conmebol rejected the appeal and maintained the suspensions due to the incidents in Mineirao
The appeals committee of the CONMEBOL rejected the appeal filed by Boca to lift the suspensions of several of its footballers, after the incidents recorded in July 2021 at the stadium Mineirao. Thus, Boca has only one instance left to prevent the punishments from being effectively enforced: it has 21 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Strictly speaking, the Appeals Committee decided to uphold the judgment of first instance, issued by the Conmebol Disciplinary Commission on October 8, 2021 after analyzing all the evidence in the file CL.O-76-21, where the incidents that occurred in the changing rooms of the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte were investigated, after the match between the xeneize team and Atlético Mineiro, for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores 2021. The ruling is signed by Omar Dorado (president), Horacio Pintos (vice president) and Lenín Santiago Barragán (member).
The original ruling, which Boca sought to reduce through legal arguments, established a six-match penalty for Sebastian Villa Y Cristian Pavon, five for red frames, four for Carlos Izquierdoz, three for Diego Gonzalez and two for Javier Garcia. Raul Cascini Y Marcelo Delgado, members of the football council of the club, they are prevented from accessing matches organized by Conmebol for the next two years.
What’s more, Leandro Somoza (field assistant to the then coach, Miguel Ángel Russo) and Fernando Gayoso (goalkeeping coach) received a penalty of six and three games, respectively. The Peruvian Defender Carlos Zambrano and the striker Norbert Briasco they were warned. However, Boca was fined in 235 thousand dollars.
A few days ago, Juan Román Riquelme, the vice president of Boca, was in Paraguay to participate in a meeting with Alejandro Domínguez, the head of Conmebol, in which he would have tried to reduce the penalties imposed by Conmebol in October. However, the refusal of Conmebol forces Boca to rearm to play the group stage of the Copa Libertadores 2022 due to significant casualties.
After losing on penalties against Atletico Mineiro and be removed from the Liberators cup, soccer players and assistants from the xeneize campus intertwined with private security personnel from the Mineirao stadium. There were verbal attacks and then they went to the hands. The images were taken by the stadium’s security cameras, for which a judicial investigation was carried out and part of the xeneize delegation had to go to testify at a nearby police station.
Arriving in Buenos Aires, the entire professional squad of Boca was quarantined, since the Argentine health authorities interpreted that the bubble in Brazilian territory had burst. Thus, Boca had to use juveniles in two matches of the local tournament, against Banfield and San Lorenzo.