River Plate Protest Copa Libertadores Final In Madrid

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As far as solutions go, playing the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final at the Bernabeu was far from flawless.

Then the second leg on November 24 had to be postponed due to crowd trouble near the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires that left fans and several players injured as River Plate fans attacked the Boca team bus.

The club said moving the final of the Copa Libertadores - the South American equivalent of the Champions League - to Spain "distorts the competition" and "denied unjustifiably" the spectators who had attended the original match. Neither Boca Juniors nor River Plate want to play in Madrid and they're both angry at the decision.


The game is poised at 2-2 after the first leg at Boca's stadium.

Eventually the vehicle arrived at the ground before Boca captain Pablo Perez and his team-mate Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to hospital for assessment , while other players appeared to have been affected by the use of pepper spray.

Real Madrid have sent an email to their members offering them the chance to buy two tickets per member, with the briefs on sale on Sunday 2 December, from 9:00 in the morning till 18:00, in Real Madrid's online service for members.


However, South America's governing body CONMEBOL delayed the game further following a request from Boca.

River has issued an objection to losing out on the home-field advantage of playing the game in their Monumental stadium, saying their fans did not deserve to miss out on watching the final.

The game was initially rescheduled for the following day before CONMEBOL also postponed that game.


"I guess we have to agree to it, it is up to Conmebol and the clubs".

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