The players and managers of Argentine soccer club Boca Juniors were released on bail on Wednesday after being held for 12 hours in Brazil. They misbehaved on the field in Belo Horizonte after being eliminated in the eighth final of the Copa Libertadores against Brazilian club Atlético Mineiro. The 30-strong delegation from Boca left the Belo Horizonte police station at noon for the airport to return to Buenos Aires.
Boca Juniors were thrown from their South American counterpart in the Champions League after a penalty shootout, after the return leg match ended 0-0. The Argentine club’s players were frustrated because a goal was canceled in the second half. After the match, they unleashed their anger on the furniture in the tunnel. In the end, the military police intervened with tear gas.
According to police, at least eight members of the Boca Juniors delegation, including players, coaches and board members, were identified from CCTV footage. They were charged with injuries, assault and destruction of public property. The people concerned were allowed to respond to the police station in Belo Horizonte, but in the end the entire Argentine delegation decided to go there. Four club members had to sign a document obligating them to appear later in a Brazilian court.