Boca get three-match
:thmbup: home ban after riot
ASUNCION, July 31 (Reuters) - Boca Juniors have been given a three-match home ban in the Libertadores Cup after a crowd riot halted their quarter-final second leg tie at home to Guadalajara in June.
The South American Football Confederation (CSF) also fined the Argentine club $20,000, banned striker Martin Palermo for three matches and Jorge Benitez, the Boca coach at the time, for four games.
Benitez, who resigned the next day, was also fined $10,000 after television pictures showed him spitting at Guadalajara striker Adolfo Bautista, who was also sent off and given a two-match ban which he has already served.
The Boca ban will not take affect at least until 2007
as they have no chance of qualifying for next year's Libertadores.
Boca, trailing 4-0 from the first leg, had attempted to unsettle their Mexican opponents with late tackles and non-stop provocation from the start of the game at the Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires.
Trouble broke out in the 79th minute with the score still goalless when Boca midfielder Raul Cascini head-butted Bautista, who raised four fingers at the crowd to remind them of the score.
This enraged the Boca players and sparked a brawl in which Baustista and Palmermo were sent off.
Despite police protection, Bautista was punched from behind by a fan who had scaled the five-metre fencing around the field, kicked by a ball-boy and spat at by Benitez as he left the field.
Meanwhile, missiles rained down on visiting goalkeeper Jesus Corona.
Referee Martin Vazquez took the players to the centre circle and, after waiting 20 minutes, attempted to restart the match despite Corona's pleas.
Television pictures vividly showed the look of sheer terror on the goalkeeper's face as he was coaxed back into the goal with a wall of Boca fans in the three-tier stand only two metres behind. When the first object was thrown, play was called off.
The CSF took no action over the trouble-hit semi-final between Sao Paulo of Brazil and River Plate of Argentina, or the second leg of the final when Sao Paulo hosted fellow Brazilians Atletico Paranaense.
River Plate's team bus was pelted with stones on it's way to the first leg at the Morumbi stadium in Sao Paulo while River fans fought with riot police inside the stadium.
Sao Paulo's bus was also stoned before the return in Buenos Aires and their contingent of supporters had to leave the stadium early as River fans pelted them with assorted missiles.
"The incidents haven't been brought to our attention," CSF general secretary Eduardo Deluca told reporters. "Apparently, they happened outside the stadium."
There was also chaos outside the Morumbi before the final while Sao Paulo fans went on the rampage in the city after their team won 4-0 to win the tie 5-1 on aggregate.
Local government authorities in Argentina imposed separate two-match home bans on both River and Boca, but no action has been taken in Brazil against Sao Paulo.