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Luxemburgo suspended after brawl

April 30, 2013
By ESPN staff

Former Real Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo has been suspended for six matches after his involvement in a brawl during Gremio's Copa Libertadores match with Huachipato.

Gremio Huachipato brawl scuffle tunnel
APGremio and Huachipato's players and coaching staff clashed on April 18

The sanction was made on Monday by CONMEBOL after the game on April 18, which ended in a 1-1 draw to confirm Gremio's progress to the last 16, was marred by ugly scenes as players and coaches clashed after the final whistle.

Luxemburgo will serve a six-match suspension for his part in the incident while he has also been fined $25,000. "In my opinion, the punishment was completely unfair," Luxemburgo said at a news conference.

The Brazilian was accused by coaches and players of Huachipato of initiating the scuffle, with Luxemburgo having allegedly told them to "enjoy their vacation" - but the former Brazil boss denies the claims.

Gremio assistant coach Emerson Ferreira da Rosa was also suspended for eight matches and fined $20,000 by CONMEBOL. The club have said they will appeal the sanctions.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.