CONMEBOL postpones Copa Libertadores final

CONMEBOL postpones Copa Libertadores final

CONMEBOL postpones Copa Libertadores final

Argentine football legend Diego Maradona held the government and President of Argentina Mauricio Macri responsible for incidents which led to the rescheduling of the second leg of the 2018 Copa Libertadores 2018 final between Buenos Aires clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors.

Boca also said it wants River to be punished after the attack near the Monumental de Nunez stadium.

The Boca Juniors team bus was attacked by River Plate fans on its way to the game at River's Estadio Monumental.

Several players were hit by glass as the windows broke and pepper spray filtered on to the bus, with some players vomiting as a result. The match was cancelled, there are calls to include "river Plate" technical defeat. "We have three team-mates that are in no condition to play".

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, after Boca asked for another delay due to the condition of some of their players, the footballing body decided again to suspend the clash.

But Saturday's scheduled final will instead be remembered for the violence that left players bleeding and nearly all the windows on one side of the Boca bus shattered.

"After the violent acts suffered in the vicinity of the stadium, the magnitude and serious consequences for the squad, Boca believe that these conditions are not sufficient and requests the suspension of the match, and that CONMEBOL issues sanctions in correspondence with Article 18". Perez had injuries to his arms and an eye, according to images of Boca's locker room shared on social media.

In a match at Boca's stadium, fans doused River players with pepper spray in the tunnel before they entered the field.

This is the first time in the 58-year history of the Copa Libertadores the two teams have faced each other in the final of the competition. "I understand [CONMEBOL] are under a lot of pressure", he said.

"It's not easy to take this decision when there are 60 000 people in the stadium and the (television) rights have been sold to a ton of countries", Angelici said on Saturday.

This messy scenario has cast a negative light on what should have been the most historic Superclásico and the most historic Copa Libertadores final of all time.

The two teams drew 2-2 in the first match of the final series. The tournament starts on December 12.

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