Copa Libertadores: Boca players released on bail after fights in Brazil

The players and managers of Argentinian club Boca Juniors were released on bail Wednesday after 12 hours in police custody in Brazil, following serious incidents that marked their elimination in the round of 16 return of the Copa Libertadores by Atlético Mineiro.

After the chaos, the police station. For half a day. The players and managers of the Argentinian club Boca Juniors were released on bail this Wednesday after 12 hours in police custody in Brazil, following the serious incidents which marked their elimination in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores by the Atlético Mineiro.

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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.

An upcoming trial?

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.

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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.

According to the G1 news site, four of them, accused of bodily harm, signed a document in which they pledged to appear at a court hearing in the future.

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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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