Copa Libertadores Brawl: Felipe Melo Called By CONMEBOL
South American football governing body CONMEBOL has launched disciplinary action against Brazilian club Palmeiras and Uruguay’s Penarol after violence broke out in their Copa Libertadores match on Wednesday.
Former Brazil international midfielder Felipe Melo was one of four players asked to give testimony, CONMEBOL said in a statement late on Friday.
Other players summoned by the entity were Penarol’s Nahitan Nandez, Matias Mier and Lucas Hernandez.
The match at Penarol’s Campeon del Siglo stadium in Montevideo was marred by a wild melee after the final whistle that included most players from both teams.
Television cameras captured Melo punching Mier in the head as officials lost control of proceedings.
There were also heated clashes in the stands, leading to the arrest of 30 fans. The interior ministry said that 18 police were injured and six police vehicles damaged.
Palmeiras won the match 3-2, all but securing their place in the knockout phase of South America’s top club tournament.