The Conmebol announced this Monday that it will sanction with a fine of “at least” 100,000 dollars (95,000 euros) to any association or club whose fans incur in acts of discrimination in the current cups Liberators Y South American.
In response “to the worrying increase in the number of infractions committed by fans”, the Council of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) reported in a statement the modification of article 17 of its Disciplinary Code.
Specifically, the law raised the fine from $30,000 to $100,000 for acts that “attempt against the human dignity of another person or group of people” based on their skin color, race, sex or sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, creed. or origin. In addition, it was established that the competent Judicial Body “may impose the sanction of playing one or several games behind closed doors or the partial closure of the stadium.”
The modification comes into force for the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana competitions that are currently being played. The text maintained the suspension “for a minimum of five games or for a minimum period of two months” of any player or official who incurs acts of discrimination. In addition, the prohibition “of any form of ideological propaganda before, during and after the match”, among others.
The decision was made known after the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) asked the governing body to toughen its sanctions after incidents that occurred in Copa Libertadores matches.
One of those episodes took place on April 13 in the match between the Argentine River Plate and the Brazilian Fortaleza for the group stage of the regional tournament. During the game, a River Plate fan threw a banana at Fortaleza fans, an act described as racist and recorded on video. Conmebol fined the Buenos Aires team $30,000.
Another case involved a Boca Juniors fan who was arrested in Sao Paulo (and released the next day on bail) for gesturing against Corinthians fans.
The Sao Paulo club reported in a note that the fan was denounced by Brazilian fans for imitating a monkey at the Neo Química Arena stadium.