BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Boca Juniors has appealed the punishment handed out by South America's football confederation, saying the club itself and the players didn't do anything to cause the interruption of its Copa Libertadores match against Argentine rival River Plate last week.
Thursday's match was suspended after Boca Juniors fans sprayed a caustic substance on opposing players at halftime. South America's governing body CONMEBOL eliminated Boca from this year's tournament and said the club will have to play its next four home international matches without fans in the stands. The team also will not be able to sell its fans tickets for its next four away games and it was fined $200,000.
Club officials considered the punishment unfair, saying the players didn't do anything wrong and the match should be continued.