Copa Libertadores final second leg to be played outside Argentina
The rearranged second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between bitter rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors will not be played in Argentina, CONMEBOL has announced.
An official statement from South American soccer’s governing body said the match will now take place on either 8th or 9th December, adding that the date and venue will be decided ‘as soon as possible’. CONMEBOL also said it would liaise with the relevant authorities to co-ordinate security before the rearranged fixture.
CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez had met with the hierarchies of both clubs on Tuesday, following the shocking events before one of the biggest club matches in the 127-year history of Argentinian soccer.
The highly anticipated game, which was initially scheduled to be played on Saturday, was postponed for 24 hours until Sunday after an attack by River fans on the Boca team bus saw a number of players taken to hospital, having suffered cuts from the glass of broken windows, while also being affected by tear gas used by police to scatter hostile fans. Several players were reported to have suffered from dizziness and vomiting, including Boca’s former Manchester City star Carlos Tevez.
The game was then postponed for a second time on Sunday after Boca submitted a request to CONMEBOL stating their players were still not in the right frame of mind to take part.
The mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodriguez Larreta, has since blamed River Plate hooligans described as the "mafia of Argentine soccer” for the attack, which took place just outside River’s El Monumental stadium as the away side approached the ground.
The scenes marred what had been a highly entertaining first leg at Boca’s La Bombonera, which saw the two teams play out a 2-2 draw.
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