Boca Juniors refusing to play Copa Libertadores final against River Plate

Argentina se indigna con el desenlace del Superclásico

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez said: "The conditions are not equal and therefore we will postpone this final".

Among the sanctions available under Conmebol's Article 18 are "disqualification from competitions and exclusion from future competitions".

Police security for the game was supposed to be tight, yet as Boca's team bus approached the stadium, fans within a crowd of River supporters pelted it with rocks and beer cans, smashing most of its windows along one side.

A decision is expected by November 27, in a meeting including representatives from Boca and River, in Asuncion, Paraguay.

The game was originally due to take place on Saturday, but CONMEBOL eventually agreed to postpone the game for 24 hours after Boca players, including captain Pablo Perez, were injured in the attack.

This is the only sure question, that the game will be played, especially seeing that there will need to be a victor to participate in the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.

The carnage began yesterday shortly before kick-off, when footage showed Carlos Tevez and other stars gagging after being pepper sprayed as they left their team bus.

A statement from the club read: "Boca Juniors have on Sunday presented a formal request to CONMEBOL for the Copa Libertadores final to be played on a level playing field, as per the agreement made by the presidents of the South American clubs, Boca and River, Saturday at the Monumental". We've only just been able to breathe well because we were affected by the gas.

The match was due to start at 5pm local time (8pm United Kingdom time) but the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) confirmed it had again been suspended. The decision led to violence inside and outside of the ground with at least 30 people arrested, according to local media.

Argentinian prosecutors are investigating claims the violence yesterday/on Saturday was orchestrated by a notorious River Plate "Barra Brava" fan linked to hooliganism after cash and 300 match tickets due to be sold on the black market were seized during a police raid on his home.

Argentina has launched itself into a painful bout of soul-searching after attempting to host one of the world's classic soccer games this weekend and failing - twice.

The first leg on November 11 ended 2-2 at Boca's La Bombonera Stadium.

The "superclasico" final between Argentina's two most popular teams, already known worldwide for their fierce rivalry, was dubbed the most important club match in the country's history.



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