CONMEBOL Come Down Hard On River Plate After Libertadores Fiasco

A dream match-up in the Copa Libertadores has turned into the final that no one wants to play

A dream match-up in the Copa Libertadores has turned into the final that no one wants to play

Argentina's biggest match will be played in Madrid.

Conmebol have confirmed that the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played at Real Madrid's home ground, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, on 9 December. Visiting fans were prohibited from attending the two-legged final when it was staged in Argentina.

Pablo Perez of Boca Juniors suffered a left eye injury after River Plate fans attacked the team's bus ahead of the Copa Libertadores final second leg in Buenos Aries, Argentina.

With the tie poised at 2-2 following the first leg at La Bombonera on 11 November, Boca players were left injured by shards of broken glass and affected by tear gas, which was sacked by police to disperse the crowd outside River Plate's El Monumental stadium.

South American football's governing body rejected a request by Boca to be declared winners, but has fined River US$400,000 and ordered the club to play their next two Conmebol games behind closed doors.

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The first leg was a 2-2 draw at Boca's Bombonera Stadium on November 11, a game staged a day after it was supposed to be played due to heavy rain.

CONMEBOL's independent Disciplinary Tribunal is also due to hear Boca's appeal this Thursday to award them the game because of violence by River fans, throwing the future of the match into further confusion.

Boca Juniors are not happy with the decision and will appeal to CONMEBOL's Chamber of Appeals and, eventually, the Arbitration Court of Sport.

The Copa Libertadores is the showpiece club competition in South America, equivalent to the Champions League in Europe.

The tournament kicks off on December 12 with the South American representative playing their first match on December 18. That match, too, was delayed by a day, with weather conditions decimating the field conditions and forcing the match to be postponed.

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