Copa Libertadores Final Postponed after Attack on Boca Juniors Bus

A “shameful” attack on the Boca Juniors team bus by River Plate supporters has led to the postponement of the final of the Copa Libertadores second leg.

The massive game between the two fierce Argentine rivals will now take place on Sunday at 20:00 GMT in Buenos Aires, 24 hours later than the originally scheduled time.

The announcement – made by River Plate on Twitter – came after more than two hours of confusion at River’s Monumental stadium, during which the kick-off was put back twice – first to 21:00 GMT and then to 22:15 GMT, BBC writes.

Boca players suffered cuts from the glass from broken windows and were also affected by the tear gas used by police to disperse the crowds.

A number of players, including Boca’s former Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, reportedly suffered from dizziness and vomiting and were being treated by club doctors.

River fans wait at the Monumental. Image; BBC

Reports said Boca’s Pablo Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo had been taken by ambulance to hospital, the former with slivers of broken glass in his eyes and the latter a cut on his head.

“Pablo has just returned from hospital and has a bandage on his eye,” Tevez told reporters before the postponement was confirmed.

“Other team-mates have cuts. We’ve only just been able to breathe well because we were affected by the gas. We can’t play like this,” he added.

“In these conditions the game was distorted. One team couldn’t play and the other doesn’t want to play against a rival that isn’t in the right conditions,” explained Alejandro Dominguez, the head of South American football’s governing body, Conmebol.

River president Rodolfo D’Onofrio added: “As an Argentine and as a football leader, I find this shameful. [But] it’s the right decision and we hope to be able to play in peace on Sunday.”

The attack occurred as the team made its way to River’s Estadio Monumental in Buenos Aires for the second leg of the final. Last week’s first leg at Boca’s La Bombonera ended in a 2-2 draw.

The Copa Libertadores is the showpiece club competition in South America, equivalent to the Champions League in Europe.

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