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Copa Libertadores cup final called off

Copa Libertadores cup final called off

CONMEBOL stated that a date for the second leg to be played would be agreed at a meeting with officials from both River and Boca on Tuesday at the federation's headquarters in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Boca said in a statement that it told CONMEBOL the two Buenos Aires teams would not be playing under equal conditions after the attack.

CONMEBOL rescheduled the game between the arch rivals for Sunday at 5 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET) but ahead of the match, Boca's request for a postponement was granted.

There is no indication as to when, or if, the game will be replayed.

On Saturday, Boca said they were in no position to play the game due to the injured parties needing medical treatment at hospital.

Following Saturday's violent disruption, Perez received injuries to his arms and an eye, according to images of the Boca dressing room shared on social media.

Lawyer and politician Victoria Donda added: 'The Security Minister can't ensure the Boca Juniors squad reaches the Monumental stadium safely and she wants us to believe she's capable of organising the G20 summit'.

There was a heavy police presence at Sunday's game
Image There was a heavy police presence at Sunday's game

South American football's governing body took the decision after Boca called earlier on Sunday for a postponement and demanded that River face punishment, suggesting a series of measures including forfeiting the match. Lamardo had trouble breathing because of the gas.

The first leg between the two sides was delayed 24 hours itself because of a waterlogged pitch at Boca's stadium.

The match was re-scheduled for Sunday, but as fans began to gather at the stadium again, there was another change of plan, delivering further disappointment to them, and to the vast worldwide TV audience.

A question still very much in the air, so much so that it has even been weighed up that the final could be played in a city which is not Buenos Aires.

Three years ago, a match between Boca and River was abandoned at half time after fans attacked River players with pepper spray.

In spite of this pre-match incident, the powers that be had initially deemed it suitable to simply push the kick-off time back an hour, and then an hour and a bit, and then an hour and a bit more before eventually conceding that the tie would not go ahead on Saturday night. The decision has been taken. Intriguingly though, the victor of this Copa Libertadores tie is due to represent South America at the forthcoming Club World Championship in December.

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