River Plate refuse to play Copa Libertadores final second leg at Bernabeu

River Plate refuse to play Copa Libertadores final second leg at Bernabeu

River Plate rejected the decision to play the rearranged second leg of their Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid.

Boca travelled across Buenos Aires with the final all square at 2-2 after the first leg at La Bombonera, but their bus was showered with projectiles on the way to River's El Monumental stadium, with some smashing windows.

The latest allocation appears to be: 40,000 tickets for Spanish based Argentineans, 22,000 for organisers, 5,000 each for River Plate and Boca Juniors to sell to fans in Argentina and the remaining 9,000 for Real Madrid members.

The first leg was a 2-2 draw at Boca's Bombonera Stadium on November 11, a game staged a day after it was supposed to be played due to heavy rain.

"It's incomprehensible that the most important match in Argentine football can't happen without issues in this very country, the same one now hosting the G20 summit", reads the statement.

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The club said moving the final of the Copa Libertadores - the South American equivalent of the Champions League - to Spain "distorts the competition" and "denied unjustifiably" the spectators who had attended the original match.

Eventually the vehicle arrived at the ground before Boca captain Pablo Perez and his team-mate Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to hospital for assessment , while other players appeared to have been affected by the use of pepper spray.

Another attempt to play the following day also failed as the game was again called off. Who gets us out of there?

Infantino then told AFP the Madrid game would be "a festival of South-American football".

"I guess we have to agree to it, it is up to Conmebol and the clubs".

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