River Plate refuse to play Copa Libertadores final at the Bernabeu

Heather Diaz
December 3, 2018

In an official statement released on Saturday morning, River Plate appealed against CONMEBOL's decision to move the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final to Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu on December 9.

The email states there is a limit to the number of the tickets, which, according to Real Madrid, was agreed with Copa Libertadores organiser Conmebol.

The two teams tied the first game of their two-match final 2-2 at Boca Juniors' stadium.

River was already angered it was fined $400,000 and ordered to play the next two CONMEBOL games behind closed doors after fans broke windows on the Boca bus and players including Carlos Tevez inhaled pepper spray.

"Spectators are now denied - unjustifiably - the possibility of witnessing the spectacle", River said in a statement, highlighting the cost for fans.

Infantino then told AFP the Madrid game would be "a festival of South-American football".

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"It's incomprehensible that the most important fixture in Argentine football can not take place in the country which is hosting the G20".

"All those people who had nothing to do with what happened should not have to pay over a few ignorant people".

Despite protests from both sides, the match is expected to move on in Madrid with the victor representing South America in the World Cup Championship.

This was after the Boca team bus was attacked and players injured as it approached River's Monumental Stadium.

Boca's call to be awarded the win via River's disqualification has been rejected by CONMEBOL, but the club has maintained its stance, and issued a statement saying it would "exhaust all the ways and means available to ensure that justice is served".

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