River Vs Boca - Postponed Final Set To Cause Scheduling Nightmare

Some fans had already entered the stadium

The rescheduled Copa Libertadores final second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors has been postponed, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez has confirmed. The game was rearranged for Sunday but was eventually abandoned altogether upon request from Boca to South American football federation CONMEBOL.

The second leg of the final of the Copa Libertadores was billed as a glorious highlight in the tournament's 58-year history - the first ever meeting of Buenos Aires' age-old rivals, Boca Juniors and River Plate.

On Saturday, Boca captain Pablo Perez and midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo required hospital treatment after River fans pelted their team bus with sticks and stones and doused it in pepper spray. The match was cancelled, there are calls to include "river Plate" technical defeat.

"When the XIs of each club enter the field, we want there to be equal conditions".

CONMEBOL announced that a meeting will take place on Tuesday in the Paraguayan capital Asuncion in the presence of both teams' president to decide the new date of the final.

However, Boca argued on Sunday that more time was needed before the game could take place, citing the need to play in what they described as equal conditions.

"This country is not ready for a Boca-River final", journalist Andres Burgo said before the first leg, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

There was a heavy police presence at Sunday's game
Image There was a heavy police presence at Sunday's game

"We were clearly at a disadvantage yesterday and at a sporting disadvantage today", Boca coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto told reporters at a hotel where the team had gathered.

However, with reports suggesting a number of players were unwilling or unfit to play Boca requested another postponement just hours before kick-off, claiming the match could not be played in "conditions of equality". Boca fans were prevented from attending due to a blanket ban on away supporters in Argentina.

Following Saturday's violent disruption, Perez received injuries to his arms and an eye, according to images of the Boca dressing room shared on social media.

"We can not play. They are forcing us to play the match".

The first leg on November 11 ended 2-2 at Boca's La Bombonera Stadium. How do you take this decision now? "I understand [CONMEBOL] are under a lot of pressure", he said.

The Copa Libertadores winners are also due to represent South America at the Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from December 12-22.

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