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25th Nov 2018

Boca Juniors ask CONMEBOL to suspend Copa Libertadores final again

Reuben Pinder

Will this final ever be concluded?

Boca Juniors have asked South American governing body CONMEBOL to suspend the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final again.

Last night, the game between Boca and their arch rivals River Plate was suspended after violence aimed at the Boca team bus left members of their squad unable to play.

Carlos Tevez was the worst affected by tear gas, wile captain Pablo Perez was taken to hospital to have a shard of glass taken out of his eye.

In a press release, Boca Juniors said: “Club Atlético Boca Juniors has made a formal presentation to Conmebol to request that the final of the Copa Libertadores be played in fair conditions, as agreed by the presidents of the South American entity, of Boca and River, in the deal that was signed on Saturday in the Monumental.

“Yesterday afternoon, Boca Juniors requested to postpone the match due to the incidents and it was established as a priority that the game is played under fair conditions. After the acts of violence suffered in the vicinity of the stadium, having noted the magnitude and seriousness of them and the consequences they have generated in the establishment, Boca considers that these conditions are not met and requests the suspension of the match, as well as the application of the corresponding sanctions provided for in Article 18, so that Conmebol acts accordingly.”

It remains to be seen whether CONMEBOL will grant them their request.

River Plate, meanwhile, have announced via Twitter that doors will open at 1pm local time, and that tickets from yesterdat are still valid.

River Plate fans were instructed by a tannoy announcement last night to keep hold of their tickets in order to use them today. However, there have been reports of groups of people ambushing fans exiting the stadium last night and stealing their match tickets.

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. It still will be – if it ever goes ahead – but for the wrong reasons.