We will not play in Madrid, say River Plate

The Observer - Sport - - Football Premier League -

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

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