South American federation says Corinthians to play 60 days without fans after boy's death

Published February 22, 2013

| Associated Press

Brazilian club Corinthians will play without its fans for the next 60 days because of the death of a 14-year-old boy during its Copa Libertadores match this week.

South American soccer federation spokesman Nestor Benitez tells The Associated Press the sanction is temporary pending the result of the investigation by Bolivian authorities. Kevin Beltran Espada died with head injuries caused by a flare allegedly thrown from the Corinthians fan section.

Twelve Corinthians supporters remain detained in the Bolivian city of Oruro, where the match against San Jose was played Wednesday.

Corinthians, the defending champion, was expected to appeal. The team said nearly 80,000 tickets were already sold for the three home matches in the group stage.

The punishment is for Copa Libertadores matches.

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