The second stage of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played out of Argentina on December 8 or 9 in a place yet to be confirmed, announced the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL).
The president of Boca Juniors, Daniel Angelici, adopted a stubborn position in a meeting at the headquarters of Conmebol in Asunción and delivered a letter formally requesting that River Plate is disqualified from the competition and that the return match is not played after the Boca team coach was attacked on the way to the originally scheduled return leg. Angelici said he would appeal the decision in the Court of Arbitration for Sport "if necessary."
His River Plate counterpart, Rodolfo D & # 39; Onofrio, was also present, as was Robert Harrison, the head of the Paraguay Football Association, which led to speculation that the game could be played in Asunción, but Brazil and Italy also offered to organize the second leg. . The first leg ended 2-2 at the Bombonera de Boca stadium.
Dominguez had hinted Monday that the postponed party could twice be moved to a neutral location when he said that the "same" conditions that Boca had demanded could not be guaranteed. On Tuesday, he said: "The conditions to play in Argentina are not correct. Football is not about violence, it is decided with goals. Football is not what we saw on the weekend. That is a disease that needs to be eradicated. "
Conmebol's decision to alienate Argentina from the party may have been influenced by the G20 Summit, which starts in Buenos Aires on Friday and will take up a large part of the police's resources and the city's security. With the start of the FIFA Club World Cup on December 12, Conmebol needs the uncertainty about the second stage to be resolved quickly so that South America has a representative.
The match has been postponed twice after the attack outside the Monumental Stadium. A missile blast broke the windows and left some Boca players in need of medical attention, including midfielder Pablo Pérez, who went to the hospital with an eye injury. On Sunday it was rescheduled for 5 p. M. But it was canceled again three hours before the start.
The Conmebol disciplinary panel will meet separately to decide what punishment River Plate will face for the violent behavior of its fans on Saturday. The two stages of the final had to be played without fans, since their safety could not be guaranteed.
But the weekend scenes were deeply embarrassing for Argentine soccer, particularly because the country hopes to lead a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay, a tournament that England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales would also like host.