River fined, police chiefs fired after riot
ASUNCION, July 19 (Reuters) - Paraguayan police have fired two high-ranking officials following Tuesday night's riot at the Libertadores Cup match between Libertad and Argentina's River Plate.
River were fined $30,000 by the South American Football Confederation (CSF) after their fans started the trouble which forced the game to be called off in the 80th minute.
Libertad were leading 3-1 in the quarter-final second leg and 5-3 on aggregate when Chilean referee Ruben Selman sent the teams to the dressing-rooms at the Defensores del Chaco stadium.
The CSF also confirmed on Wednesday that the result will stand and that no action will be taking against the Paraguayan team.
Fidel Isasa, head of the national police force, said the head of the Asuncion Metropolitan Area force had been dismissed.
The official responsible for the neighbourhood in which the stadium is located was also fired, Isasa told reporters.
'We've found that the riot police were not well distributed,' he said. 'If there had been more of them, we would have had a better result.'
River Plate fans hurled plastic seats, bottles and stones at the home fans and at one stage managed to corner the small group of police who tried to stop the rioting.
They also set fire to a banner hung around the perimeter fence.
An estimated 4,000 River fans crossed the border for the game. Supporters wearing the shirts of their arch-rivals Boca Juniors were seen in the Libertad contingent.
Ten people were treated in hospital, officials said.
Earlier this year, River Plate's Libertadores match away to Brazilian champions Corinthians in Sao Paulo was also suspended when Corinthians fans broke down a gate and two of them invaded the pitch.
River were leading 6-3 on aggregate at the time and that result also stood.