Boca Juniors On Strike, Want River Plate Disqualified From Copa Libertadores Final

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

Alejandro Dominguez, head of CONMEBOL, handed a letter to presidents of both clubs ahead of their meeting on Tuesday in Asuncion, Paraguay, which explained the reasons why the game would not be played in Argentina.

The first leg, which ended 2-2, took place amid a backdrop of outrage after Boca's bus was broken by objects thrown from River supporters.

However, with reports suggesting a number of players were unwilling or unfit to play Boca requested another postponement just hours before kick-off.

The Italian city of Genoa confirmed in a statement on Monday that it had written to the clubs offering to host the game with Brazil also apparently willing to stage the match. Clashes with the police caused more tear gas to be deployed and television images showed River Plate president Rodolfo D'Onofrio running terrified from a charging crowd.

The match won't be played in Miami or anywhere else in CONCACAF, sources told ESPN on Tuesday. The issue needs to be resolved quickly as the Club World Cup is due to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 12, although Conmebol's representatives won't play until December 18. Colombia has also reportedly offered to host the game.

Conmebol President Julian Dominguez announces that the final will be moved away from Argentina
LUIS VERA GETTY IMAGESConmebol President Julian Dominguez announces that the final will be moved away from Argentina

Boca Juniors, however, has written to CONMEBOL asking the South American confederation to call off the second leg altogether, disqualify River Plate and award the title to Boca, further complicating matters as the fate of the continental championship hangs in the balance.

"Boca considers that [equal] conditions have not been established and asks for the game to be suspended and sanctions applied", the club had said in a statement reports the United Kingdom based newspaper.

The Copa Libertadores determines South America's entrant-though that side won't play its first game until the semifinals on December 18.

The match between the Argentine rivals, originally slated for 5pm local time on Saturday, was first pushed back by 24 hours after an attack on Boca's team bus which left several players needing medical treatment.

He said: "The problem is the Barra Brava - a mafia who have been embedded in football for more than 50 years".


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