Boca to appeal CONMEBOL's Copa Libertadores decision
- Author: Stacy Allen Dec 01, 2018,
Dec 01, 2018, 1:18
Dominguez had a message to the hooligans, known as barrabravas in Argentina, should they be thinking off attending the match.
Boca want to be crowned champions after their bus was attacked on the way to the second leg of their highly-anticipated final against rivals River Plate at El Monumental, leading to the clash being postponed. Even so, it took great lengths before CONMEBOL postponed the match, and it tried to stage it a day later, even opening El Montumental and letting some fans in before ultimately heeding Boca's protests. Projectiles were thrown at the Boca Juniors team bus as it approached the stadium, and players were also impacted by tear gas and pepper spray used by police to combat the crowds, rendering them incapable of playing.
They will now be forced to play two games behind closed doors.
As the chaotic mess that is this season's Copa Libertadores final continues to unravel, we can at least say there has been some progress in developments.
Governing body CONMEBOL on Tuesday said the second leg would be played outside Argentina on either Saturday, 8 December or Sunday, 9 December and the capital of Spain has now been confirmed as the city where it will take place, on the latter date and kicking off at 8.30pm local time.
Copa Libertadores: River Plate v Boca Juniors moved to Bernabeu in Madrid
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.
"Spain is ready to organise the final of the Copa Libertadores between Boca Juniors and River Plate", tweeted Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The Copa Libertadores victor is South America's entrant in the FIFA Club World Cup, which kicks off December 12 in the United Arab Emirates.
Boca's decision casts doubt over the timing of the rearranged second leg.
The fixture had been poised to be the biggest club match in the 127-year history of Argentine football, and the first leg ended 2-2.