'Shameful': Copa Libertadores final postponed for second time

28 November, 2018, 02:28 | Author: Alyssa Little
  • Boca Juniors bus

"We don't want there to be any excuses that conditions were not equal for both teams", Alejandro Dominguez, CONMEBOL's president, said on TV.

South American football's governing body CONMEBOL made the decision after a request from Boca to delay the game following an attack on their team bus by River fans on Saturday.

Cape Town - The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final has been postponed for a second time after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus, organizers Conmebol said on Sunday.

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.

Boca released a statement over four hours before kick-off on Sunday, calling for CONMEBOL to suspend the match and punish River.

The decisive leg had been set to be played on Saturday but was suspended until Sunday after Boca players were injured when their bus was attacked by River fans outside their Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires.

With the incidents that occurred on Saturday, Boca Juniors have asked CONMEBOL not to play the final.

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.

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Boca fans could not attend the final at the Monumental de Nunez Stadium because of a 2013 ban on away fans in Argentina.

The two teams drew 2-2 in the first match of the final series.

"We want immediate action from the authorities and will help to identify, capture and prosecute those responsible".

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

On Monday prosecutors in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires confirmed the woman, who wanted to smuggle the flares into River's stadium and knew security officials let minors enter without body searches, had been arrested.

"This hurts me a lot", said Juan Angel Oviedo, 24, "because of everything that's happening in this country".

However, the Copa Libertadores victor books a place at the Club World Cup which starts just four days later in the UAE. The visitor had agreed to play with "conditions of equality".

As yet, there is no scheduled date when River vs Boca will now take place.

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