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River Plate have rejected CONMEBOL’s proposal to move the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against rivals Boca Juniors to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu on Dec. 9, ESPN reports.
The first leg was a 2-2 draw at Boca’s Bombonera Stadium on Nov. 11, a game staged a day after it was supposed to be played due to
heavy rain.
Then the second leg on Nov. 24 had to be postponed due to crowd trouble near the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires that left fans and several players injured as River Plate fans attacked the Boca
team bus.
The Argentine club released a statement on Saturday, saying that moving the game to Madrid “distorts the competition” and “harms” the fans.
River went on to say the club was not solely responsible for the attacks, and that the club can’t expect fans to travel to Europe — citing the financial and distance issues.
“It’s incomprehensible that the most important match in Argentine football can’t happen without issues in this very country, days after it hosted the G20 summit,” read the statement.