CONMEBOL will increase sanctions on teams and fans involved in racist incidents during matches, the body said on Friday without disclosing further details.
The measure comes after several cases were registered in different countries during this year’s Copa Libertadores edition. Fans of the Argentine teams River Plate, Boca Juniors and Estudiantes de la Plata, of Olimpia of Paraguay, of Millonarios of Colombia and of the Catholic University of Chile have uttered racist insults against the followers of Brazilian rivals.
“CONMEBOL will promote changes in regulations to increase and toughen penalties in cases of racism,” the organization said in a statement.
He added that the teams that have better resources to identify racists and punish them with determination.
“It also commits to designing and implementing new programs and actions aimed at definitively banishing this problem from South American soccer.”
All the teams involved have criticized racist fans on social media, and have banned those who were identified from attending their games. A fan who was recorded making monkey sounds, a Boca fan who traveled to Sao Paulo and was escorted to a police station, where he paid a fine and left Brazil less than 24 hours after the incident. Corinthians attacker Willian criticized the leniency on social media and many other players joined him.
CONMEBOL regulations set a fine of at least $30,000 for teams whose fans are involved in racist incidents. This year, Olimpia had to pay $45,000 for this reason during a Copa Libertadores qualifying match against Fluminense. Ednaldo Rodrigues, the first black president of the Brazilian Football Confederation, posted a video on social media in which he said that he and CONMEBOL head Alejandro Domínguez are discussing the issue and will pressure other national bodies to also increase sanctions. around racism.