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São Paulo punished over Copa Sudamericana violence

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São Paulo have been punished by the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) for their actions in the suspended 2012 Copa Sudamericana final against Tigre in December.

The Brazilian outfit were crowned champions after the visiting side failed to re-emerge for the second period following a mass brawl at half-time and accusations of aggression from security forces.

CONMEBOL have now handed São Paulo a $100,000 fine (£66,000) and banned the club from hosting their Copa Libertadores game with Atlético Mineiro at the Morumbi on April 18.

The ban comes into effect after upcoming group games against The Strongest and Arsenal, as the home fixtures are too soon to rearrange.

The chaos kicked off after Lucas was elbowed by opposite number Orban, which left the youngster bloodied, and this sparked a brawl that saw Paulo Miranda and Tigre's Gaston Diaz dismissed.

Several players were then attacked during the break, goalkeeper Albil was reportedly threatened with a gun and the visiting dressing room was severely damaged.

The Brasileirão club have seven days to appeal against the punishment, while Tigre were fined the same amount for their part in the chaos.

Source: Globoesporte


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