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Feb, 22, 2013

Corinthians ordered to play without fans

ASUNCION, Paraguay -- The South American football federation says 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.

Federation spokesman Nestor Benitez tells The Associated Press the sanction is temporary pending the result of the investigation by Bolivian authorities after 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 only.

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