Gremio punished for coach's daughter's 'pitch invasion' after cup victory

Renato Gaucho
Renato Gaucho's daughter is a lifelong Gremio fan

Brazilian club Gremio have been punished after the daughter of coach Renato Gaucho 'invaded the pitch' after the team won a domestic cup semi-final.

Carolina Portaluppi, 22, sat on the bench for the closing stages, before joining the on-field celebrations.

Brazil's Superior Court of Sporting Justice told the club they must play the final's second leg away from home.

"The tribunal is not judging a father's love for his daughter but for an act that is not permitted," it said.

The club were also fined 30,000 real (£6,995), while Gaucho was warned he could face further action.

Gremio, who say they will appeal against the decision, beat Cruzeiro 2-0 on aggregate and will face Atletico Mineiro in the two-legged final later this month.

Portaluppi was targeted on social media by angry fans after the decision, before others defended her. She did not respond.

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