Boca should be declared Copa Libertadores champions: Scolari

Kristopher Nichols
November 30, 2018

CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez told reporters at a press conference today that the game will be played outside Argentina "because the conditions do not exist for the game to be played in Argentina".

Despite the fact that a number of Boca players were ready to take the field, made a decision to postpone the game until at least Sunday.

The disciplinary committee will decide whether to disqualify River Plate, force the second leg to be played behind closed doors, or transfer the match to a neutral stadium, possibly one in the Paraguayan capital, Asuncion.

After a similar incident in the 2015 Libertadores semi-final, in which Boca fans threw tear gas on River players in the tunnel, the game was abandoned, and River were handed their place the final by decree of the federation.

The match had been scheduled for Saturday but the two presidents agreed to delay the continental showpiece by 24 hours after some Boca players suffered cuts from broken glass and the effects of smoke inhalation when their bus came under fire from River fans throwing sticks and stones and spraying pepper spray. "My love for the club aside, there are rules that must be respected", Maradona wrote on his social media on Monday.

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The CONMEBOL winners play their first match in the tournament on December 18 and could face UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid in the final. Doha, Qatar, also offered to host.

River fans are confronted by police ahead of the Copa Libetadores final with Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires.

CONMEBOL, South America's governing football body, is expected to determine on Tuesday the date and venue for the return leg. It can not be next weekend, because of the G20, but must be before the South American representative's first game in the Club World Cup on 18 December.

Boca filed a formal petition to CONMEBOL on Tuesday, asking for River to be punished for the bus attack near the Monumental de Nunez Stadium, in which several players were injured. "Either all actors of South American football unite to remove violence, or violence will finish [the sport]", the letter said.

"I ask the presidents of River and Boca, the biggest clubs in Argentina, to send the right message".

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