A Boca Juniors fan was arrested in the act on Tuesday night (26), in São Paulo, for imitating a monkey in a demonstration aimed at Corinthians fans, during the match between the Argentine club and the Brazilian, at the Neo Química Arena. , for the third round of the Libertadores group stage. The man, whose identity was not revealed in a note from the São Paulo Public Security Department (SSP), was released this Wednesday (27), after posting bail.
According to the SSP statement, the Boca fan was reported by three Brazilians to the military police at the stadium. The operational command center recorded the gestures by the internal security cameras. The man was located in the Argentine crowd, located in the southern sector of the arena, and taken to the Police Station for Repression of Sports Intolerance Crimes (Drade), “where the present arrest warrant was drawn up in flagrante delicto”.
The crime of racial slur is provided for in article 140 of the Penal Code. The third paragraph indicates a prison sentence of one to three years, in addition to the payment of a fine.
OFFICIAL NOTE – Case of racism in the game Corinthians x Boca Juniors by CONMEBOL Libertadores
Sport Club Corinthians Paulista informs that the Boca Juniors fan denounced by Corinthians fans for making racist gestures to Timão fans – he imitated a monkey in the + pic.twitter.com/tejhmVqrit
— Corinthians (@Corinthians) April 27, 2022
In a statement, Corinthians declared its repudiation of “any and all acts of racism and discrimination” and stated that the case “only reinforces the importance of our fight for football without hatred”. Through the social network Twitter, Boca expressed “absolute repudiation” of the fan’s “racist and xenophobic” gestures and that the leaders will evaluate measures and sanctions to be implemented and applied.
It is worth remembering that last month, at the Monumental de Nuñez stadium, in Buenos Aires (Argentina), a supporter of host River Plate was caught throwing a banana at Fortaleza fans, during the game between the teams, also for Libertadores. The Argentine team identified the man as a member of the club and suspended him.
Article 17 of the Disciplinary Code of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) provides that clubs whose fans violate “the human dignity of another person or group of people […] for reasons of skin color, race, sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, language, creed and origin” are fined US$30,000 (R$149,700, at the current rate). award for participation.
In the field, the Corinthians defeated Boca 2-0, with goals from midfielder Maycon. The result took Timão to the leadership of Group E of the South American competition.