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Boca Juniors expelled from Libertadores Cup

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Argentina football club Boca Juniors have been expelled from the Libertadores Cup after players from opposition club River Plate were apparently attacked with pepper spray during a game, the South American Football Association has announced.

Officials also hit Boca with a $200,000 fine and ordered it to play four home games behind closed doors and other four away games with no traveling support.

Four River Plate players were taken to hospital after they were sprayed with some sort of irritant by fans of their arch rivals on Thursday, causing their cup derby to be abandoned at halftime.

The rivalry between the two Buenos Aires sides is one of the most heated in the world. It pits Boca, a traditionally working-class team, against up-town rivals known as the "Millionaires".

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Argentine ambassador summoned to FCO in fresh row

The Argentine ambassador was summoned to the Foreign Office yesterday in a fresh diplomatic row about the Falkland Islands, officials have said.

Last week, Argentina's president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and ambassador Alicia Castro launched new criticism of the UK Government's plan to boost defences on the islands.

Argentina's Prime Minister Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has been vocal in reasserting its claim to the islands. Credit: Reuters/Marcos Brindicci

It has also been suggested oil firms could be prosecuted if they start work in the waters around the islands without formal permission from Argentina.

The UK has no doubt about its sovereignty over the Falkland Islands and surrounding maritime areas, nor about the Falkland Islanders' right to decide their own future.

We object strongly to recent statements by the Argentine president and the Argentine ambassador to London and so summoned the ambassador to account for these.

– Foreign Office spokesman

Investigators probe Argentina helicopter crash site

Investigators at the helicopter crash site Credit: Reuters

Specialist investigators have picked through the wreckage of two helicopters that crashed in Argentina, killing 10 people including three French sports stars.

The eight French nationals and two Argentine pilots on the two aircraft were killed when they collided and burst into flames shortly after taking off on Monday near the remote settlement of Villa Castelli in the north west of the country.

The burnt out wreckage of one of the helicopters Credit: Reuters

The investigators removed mobile phones, bits of paper and other charred and unrecognisable items from the crash site. French officials have said they would work with Argentine investigators to determine the cause of the accident.

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Swimmer 'was very happy' to take part in the adventure

The former coach of French swimmer Camille Muffat has said she was "very happy" to be taking part in the reality adventure TV show Dropped.

Camille Muffat was among the 10 people that died in a helicopter crash. Credit: Gouhier-Guibbaud-JMP/ABACA/PA Images

"I had dinner with Camille recently and she was talking to me about this programme and she was very happy because it was like an adventure," Fabrice Pellerin said.

"Today I think about Camille who is not here anymore," Pellerin added

Boyfriend pays tribute to swimmer Camille Muffat

The boyfriend of Olympic gold medallist Camille Muffat has paid tribute to her following the swimmer's death.

William Forgues told French television that 25-year-old Muffat "was very happy" and that it was "100 percent her choice" to be taking part in reality adventure show Dropped.

William Forgues was swimmer Camille Muffat's boyfriend. Credit: Gouhier-Guibbaud-JMP/ABACA/ PA Images

"She was where she wanted to be. And that's life" he added.

Muffat was among the 10 people killed when two helicopters apparently collided in the Argentine province of La Rioja.

France shocked after Olympians die in helicopter crash

People on the streets of Paris said they were shocked and moved after hearing that three Olympians were among those killed in a helicopter crash in Argentina.

Sophie-Anne gives her thoughts to Reuters. Credit: RTV
Thierry gives his view on the helicopter crash. Credit: RTV
Sophie speaks in Paris. Credit: RTV
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