Copa final postponed after attack on Boca

Copa final postponed after attack on Boca

Copa final postponed after attack on Boca

The Copa Libertadores final was postponed for a second time on Sunday following an attack by River fans on Boca Juniors' team bus which left several players in need of medical treatment.

On Monday prosecutors in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires confirmed the woman, who wanted to smuggle the flares into River's stadium and knew security officials let minors enter without body searches, had been arrested.

The Boca Juniors team bus was attacked by River Plate fans on its way to the game at River's Estadio Monumental.

On Saturday, Boca captain Pablo Perez and midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo required hospital treatment after River fans pelted their team bus with sticks and stones and doused it in pepper spray.

Boca president Daniel Angelici and River counterpart Rodolfo D'Onofrio will meet with CONMEBOL to discuss a date for the third attempt at playing the match.

Despite pressure from TV broadcasters and FIFA president Gianni Infantino to push ahead with the 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.

Former Manchester United and City striker Carlos Tevez, who was among the injured Boca players, reportedly said on Saturday: "We are not in condition to play".

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A decision is expected by November 27, in a meeting including representatives from Boca and River, in Asuncion, Paraguay. "We want both teams to have time to recover".

"The conditions are not equal, given there is a team that was attacked, said CONMEBOL president Dominguez".

With the incidents that occurred on Saturday, Boca Juniors have asked CONMEBOL not to play the final. Away supporters are banned from football matches in Argentina due to recurring violence at the grounds.

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.

After much back and forth over the last 24-hours, it has been decided that the second-leg of the Copa Libertadores final will not go ahead tonight. The visitor had agreed to play with "conditions of equality".

It was the first time Argentina's two biggest clubs had met for the title.

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