- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 2, 2016

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - Boca Juniors’ ban for crowd violence last season in the Copa Libertadores tournament has been reduced from eight matches to two by South American soccer federation CONMEBOL.

The ban was imposed after Boca fans at La Bombonera stadium used mustard gas to attack players from Buenos Aires rival River Plate in a round of 16, second-leg match in May in South America’s top club tournament.

CONMEBOL, at the center of a FIFA-related corruption scandal, said Tuesday the measure was a “pardon” in light of the Centennial Copa America coming up later this year in the United States.

Originally Boca was ordered to play its next four international home games in an empty stadium, and four away games without traveling fans. The new ban involves one home and one away match.


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