Copa Libertadores final postponed for second time

28 November, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • River Plate fans leave after the start of the match was postponed for a day

A fresh call to postpone the clash has raised doubts over when, how, where and in what conditions the game could be played, questions which have so far remained unanswered.

A question still very much in the air, so much so that it has even been weighed up that the final could be played in a city which is not Buenos Aires.

"After the violent acts suffered in the vicinity of the stadium, the magnitude and serious consequences for the squad, Boca believe that these conditions are not sufficient and requests the suspension of the match, and that CONMEBOL issues sanctions in correspondence with Article 18".

Argentina has a problem with football-related violence and more than 300 people have been killed over the last 50 years because of it, according to one charity.

The Xeneizes travelled across Buenos Aires with the final all square at 2-2 after the opening game at La Bombonera, but their bus was showered with projectiles on the way to River's El Monumental stadium, with some smashing windows of the vehicle. Lamardo had trouble breathing because of the gas. Away supporters have been banned from football matches in Argentina since 2013 because of recurring violence.

Boca subsequently requested the match not be held on Monday, leading CONMEBOL to arrange a meeting of all parties at their headquarters in Paraguay this coming Wednesday to determine a new date and time.

"CONMEBOL demands from the competent authorities' immediate action and offers all its collaboration to identify, capture and prosecute those responsible".

Pablo Perez of Boca Juniors was wearing a bandage over his left eye when he came back to the stadium

Around 20 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time, CONMEBOL announced that the start had been officially moved back an hour to 18:00 due to the attack. Boca and River Plate are fierce Argentine rivals.

This year's Copa Libertadores final is finely poised at 2-2 after the first leg in Boca two weeks ago.

"River did not want to play because they, too, wanted a level playing field".

"The board of CONMEBOL has taken the decision that there is no equality of conditions".

"Matches are won and lost on the pitch, that's my personal perspective, but I have a responsibility as club president and that's why I have to stick to the statute", Angelici said at a press conference.

This messy scenario has cast a negative light on what should have been the most historic Superclásico and the most historic Copa Libertadores final of all time. "They are forcing us to play the game". The tournament starts on December 12.

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