Boca Juniors receive one-match stadium ban

Following an incident at La Bombonera during their Copa Sudamericana clash with Independiente on Wednesday, the authorities have sanctioned the Buenos Aires giants
Boca Juniors have been handed a one-match stadium ban following an incident involving supporters during Wednesday night’s Copa Sudamericana clash with Independiente at La Bombonera.

During the second half, four fans situated directly above the Rojo dugout were seen to lean over and shake an advertising board loose before dropping it onto the opposition substitutes and staff below.

Clarin reports that despite the club acting swiftly to identify the culprits, the Sports Committee have taken the decision to close La Bombonera’s doors for one fixture, meaning Boca will have to find an alternative venue for their clash with Atletico Rafaela in two weeks’ time.

"La Bombonera [has been] suspended for one fixture," confirmed Boca Juniors on the club’s official website. "This was decided by the Sports Committee following incidents on Wednesday."

Security Secretary, Sergio Berni, has denied any suggestion that members of the Independiente team goaded fans into a reaction after the visitors were awarded a late penalty, however.

"I did not observe any illicit conduct from the Independiente team," he commented.

The match ended in a 3-3 draw, with the second leg scheduled to take place on August 29.