Official: Abandoned Copa Libertadores Final Tie Between River Plate And Boca Juniors To Be Played Outside Argentina

Chris Wright

27th, November 2018


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The abandoned second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors will go ahead but not in Argentina, as confirmed by Conmebol.

Saturday’s clash at River’s El Monumental stadium had to be put back twice and then eventually scuttled altogether just hours before kick-off after Boca’s team bus was attacked on the way to the ground, players ended up in hospital and riot police deployed tear gas to quell various fan disturbances.

Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez met with the presidents of both River and Boca on Tuesday and a course of prevailing action was eventually decided.

As such, the tie will now be replayed on 8th/9th December and at a neutral venue outside of Argentina entirely, possibly in Paraguay. A final decision will be made “as soon as possible”.

River thus will have home advantage revoked, punishing the club more heavily for their fans’ part in the violence and upheaval.

Such a shame. What should have been a thrilling showpiece for Argentinian football has become nothing more than a national embarrassment.

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  1. Jake says:

    Shocking that the title was not handed to Boca after this. Surely seeing them trot off to the club World Cup instead of River would be just about the right punishment.

    • Nuno says:

      Sounds about right, but cannot imagine the riots that would ensue by those crazy/moronic fans. Also, think of the TV rights and money this game and all the surrounding mess is bringing. Do you think FIFA would just let all this money go? Ahah

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