CONMEBOL reschedules Libertadores final; Boca wants it off

Nov 30, 2018, 01:59
CONMEBOL reschedules Libertadores final; Boca wants it off

CONMEBOL chief Alejandro Dominguez handed a letter to both Boca Juniors and River Plate presidents ahead of their meeting on Tuesday in Asuncion, Paraguay.

A statement from South American football's governing body Conmebol said a date and venue would be decided "as soon as possible".

Former Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Sunday that Boca Juniors should be declared Copa Libertadores champions after violence at the hands of River Plate fans prompted the suspension of the final's decisive second leg.

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Following a 2-2 first-leg draw in the final against rivals Boca Juniors, River Plate were set to host the second-leg decider on Saturday. On Sunday, it was postponed again, hours before kick-off, after Boca said they were not in a fit state to play.

"Our city, close in a historical, cultural and sporting way in Buenos Aires, feels deep and indissoluble links with your two prestigious clubs, which were founded by our countrymen who emigrated from Italy to Argentina in the early twentieth century and are today twinned with our two teams, Genoa and Sampdoria".

"We have to play this match". It can not be next weekend, because of the G20, but must be before the South American representative's first game in the Club World Cup on 18 December. Colombia has also reportedly offered to host the game. No fans from River Plate were allowed into the ground for fear of violence.

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The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) said in a statement that the game - the South American equivalent of the Champions League final in Europe - should be played on December 8 or 9, but did not specify an alternative location.

Boca wants River to be punished for the attack that injured several players near River's Monumental de Nunez Stadium.

The Copa Libertadores determines South America's entrant-though that side won't play its first game until the semifinals on December 18.

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River President Rodolfo D*Onofrio said his club can't be blamed for public security breaches, and accused his Boca counterpart Daniel Angelici of breaking his word after promising to play. Sputnik spoke to Gustavo Granero, a Boca Juniors fan, about whether the game should be played and how River should be punished.

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