Soccer-Police charge six from Boca Juniors after Brazil clashes

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Members of Boca Juniors soccer team leave a police station in Belo Horizonte

(Reuters) -Brazilian police charged six Boca Juniors players and officials on Wednesday, a day after they were involved in clashes with rivals and police following their Copa Libertadores elimination by Atletico Mineiro.

Two were charged with damaging property and released after paying 3000 reais ($574) bail each, the Minas Gerais state police said in a statement.

Four others from the Argentine club were charged with causing bodily harm and abusing authorities. They were released after "formally agreeing to appear before a judge" at a future date, the statement added.

None of the six were identified by name.

Atletico said their club president paid the bail money out his own pocket because the Argentine club did not have enough cash with them.

"The amount was soon reimbursed by the Argentine team,” Atletico said in a statement.

Boca, one of the biggest clubs in Argentina, were knocked out the Libertadores, South America’s equivalent of the Champions League, on Tuesday at the Mineirao stadium in Belo Horizonte.

The match ended 0-0 and the home side won 3-1 on penalties.

However, Boca had a goal disallowed in the second half after a long consultation with the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

The Argentine side also had a goal disallowed by VAR in the goalless first leg.

Angry Boca players and officials clashed with their rivals at the side of the pitch as the referee viewed the VAR monitor and there was more trouble in the tunnel and dressing rooms after the final whistle.

Brazilian police used pepper spray against Boca players and officials at the door of their dressing room after the match, with videos showing the players choking as they shouted abuse at the law enforcement officers.

The Argentine squad left for the airport around midday, 12 hours after the game ended, and they were soon dealt further bad news as Argentine authorities ruled they must quarantine for at least seven days on return.

The decision means they will be without most of their top players for their upcoming league matches against Banfield on July 24 and San Lorenzo on July 27.

($1 = 5.2291 reais)

(Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Ed Osmond and Toby Davis)

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