Brazilian fans broke Argentine pesos on the River field
In the last matches of the Copa Libertadores and Sudamericana, fans of foreign clubs have been seen tearing up Argentine banknotes to provoke local fans, as a kind of mockery for the contempt for the national currency. In this context, from the Agency for the Prevention of Violence in Sport (Aprevide) it was announced that action will be taken against those who commit this action, which is punishable by law.
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Eduardo Aparicio, head of the organization, sent through AFA to the Conmebol authorities a notification that warns foreign soccer clubs that play competitions in the Province of Buenos Aires, that they will be infringing articles 10 and 14 of law 11,929. So anyone who intentionally tears, burns or violates Argentine national currency bills in the context of a sporting event will be considered as someone who provokes or incites violence.
Aprevide anticipated that it will act in conjunction with the Police of the Province of Buenos Aires “individualizing, identifying and transferring to the police station with jurisdiction in the stadium the person(s) involved, a place where rigorous actions will be carried out and will impose a ban on attendance to sporting events”.
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For several editions of the continental competitions, Conmebol has stood firm in sanctioning various clubs for racism. In the middle of last year, in a statement, the entity had expressed itself due to “the worrying increase in the number of offenses committed by fans” and had established that the competent Judicial Body could “impose the sanction of playing one or more games to closed gate or partial closure of the stadium.
Thus, in this edition, clubs such as River Plate, Gimnasia, Newell’s and Boca Juniors, among others, have been some of the Argentine clubs sanctioned for racism, both with economic fines and also -in some cases- with the partial closure of some stands . But so far no action has been taken on the behavior of Brazilian and Chilean fans who have deliberately destroyed national banknotes.
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