Boca wants Copa Libertadores final suspension after attack

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JOSE LUIS GONZALEZ

River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus on Saturday, injuring players as they travelled to the stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The two teams agreed to play Sunday evening instead of delaying the match start a few hours as originally planned, the president of the South American Football Confederation told reporters.

Another issue which needs addressing is that if the final doesn't go ahead at River Plate's Estadio Monumental, it could take place at another neutral venue and behind closed doors.

South American football's governing body CONMEBOL made the decision after a request from Boca to delay the game following an attack on their team bus by River fans on Saturday. The match was cancelled, there are calls to include "river Plate" technical defeat.

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"We're in no condition (to play)".

Police security for the game was supposed to be tight, yet as Boca's team bus approached the stadium, fans within a crowd of River supporters pelted it with rocks and beer cans, smashing most of its windows along one side.

Boca also said it wants CONMEBOL to consider River's disqualification from the tournament because of the ugly scenes near the Monumental de Nunez stadium.

The club said in a statement that the two Buenos Aires teams would not be playing under equal conditions after the attack.

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

Boca subsequently requested the match not be held on Monday, leading CONMEBOL to arrange a meeting of all parties at their headquarters in Paraguay this coming Wednesday to determine a new date and time.

At least 29 people were arrested on Saturday in the Argentine capital for violence ahead of the Copa Libertadores final, which led to the game being rescheduled.

The first leg on November 11 ended 2-2 at Boca's La Bombonera Stadium. The decision has been taken. "I understand [CONMEBOL] are under a lot of pressure", he said. This is the first Copa Libertadores final played between the two archrivals. The Argentine government's reportedly planning to deploy 22,000 police, and last week said it's cracking down on political activists who may be planning violent protests.

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