We will not play in Madrid, say River Plate
River Plate have angrily rejected Conmebol’s decision to stage the rearranged second leg of their Copa Libertadores fi nal against Boca Juniors in Madrid.
The much- anticipated Superclásico between the fi erce Buenos Aires rivals was postponed twice last weekend after Boca’s team bus was attacked by River fans, causing several injuries.
On Thursday Conmebol announced the second leg would be played at the Bernabéu, more than 6,000 miles from the original venue, on 9 December. But River said in a statement that it would be “incomprehensible” to play in Spain. “The decision adversely affects those who bought tickets and takes away home advantage. Argentine football as a whole and the Argentine FA cannot and should not allow a handful of violent [ fans] to impede the Superclásico taking place in our country.”
However, River did not say what action they would take if Conmebol stood by its decision.
Riot police clashed with River Plate fans last weekend in Buenos Aires