CONMEBOL Fines Sao Paulo And Tigre $100,000 Each For Aggression During Final
Brasileiro club São Paulo and Argentina club Tigre have been fined $100,000 each for their part in a "troubled Copa Sudamericana final in December and the Brazilian team were handed a one-match home ban in South American club competitions" according to REUTERS. The South American Football governing body CONMEBOL also "confirmed Sao Paulo as title winners in their announcement of the sanctions" on Saturday. The second half of the Dec. 12 final at the Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo city "could not be completed because of Argentinian side Tigre’s refusal to play the second half after alleged aggression from police and security officers in their dressing room." Tigre "accused Sao Paulo police and security officers of aiming guns at them in their dressing room after the first half ended with a free-for-all among players, staff and fans of both clubs, who have a week to appeal the sanctions" (REUTERS, 2/24).