River Plate refuse to play Copa Libertadores final in Spain


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 South American decider between Buenos Aires rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors was postponed as a result of an attack by River Plate fans on the Boca team coach.

The victor of South America's premier club competition is scheduled to begin the Club World Cup with a semi-final match on December 18.

But River Plate said in a statement on Saturday that it is "incomprehensible" to play it in Spain.

Both sets of supporters will be given an equal allocation for the moved match, despite the first leg, which finished 2-2, being played only in front of Boca fans inside La Bombonera.

However, South America's governing body CONMEBOL delayed the game further following a request from Boca.

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River said the attack on the bus happened outside the area which was considered the club's responsibility.

"The club believes this decision demeans the competition, prejudices those who have bought tickets and makes it unfair", River continued.

From next season onwards, the final will be played in a single match at a neutral venue - a decision which CONMEBOL had already taken before last month's trouble.

The game was initially rescheduled for the following day before CONMEBOL also postponed that game.

River has issued an objection to losing out on the home-field advantage of playing the game in their Monumental stadium, saying their fans did not deserve to miss out on watching the final.

"We have to work to find out who are the people to blame".