The South American Soccer Confederation announced Tuesday a $12,000 fine levied on Peru’s Real Garcilaso for fans’ racist taunts at an Afro-Brazilian player during a Copa Libertadores match between the Peruvian club and Brazil’s Cruzeiro.
A second infraction will result in Garcilaso’s being forced to play in an empty stadium, the confederation, known as Conmebol, said, affirming its commitment “to combat any form of discrimination and racist acts” in its competitions.
Some Garcilaso fans let loose with monkey chants when Paulo Cesar Fonseca, known as Tinga, took the field for Cruzeiro in the second half of the Feb. 12 match in Huancayo, Peru.
Tinga, a former Brazilian international who played for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, heard the chants again every time he touched the ball in the course of the 2-1 victory for Garcilaso.
Conmebol’s disciplinary unit launched an investigation at Cruzeiro’s request.
Real Garcilaso coach Fredy Garcia apologized to both Tinga and Cruzeiro and the presidents of Peru and Brazil condemned the behavior of the fans.
The racist taunts “should cause indignation and spur our struggle against all kinds of discrimination,” Peru’s Ollanta Humala said on Twitter the day after the match.
“All of Brazil is supporting Tinga,” Brazilian head of state Dilma Rousseff tweeted the same day.