Madrid Copa fi­nal ‘a dis­grace’: River pres­i­dent

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Sport -

MADRID. — River Plate pres­i­dent Rodolfo D'Onofrio has said the de­ci­sion to play to­mor­row's Copa Lib­er­ta­dores fi­nal re­turn leg against Boca Ju­niors in Madrid will be re­mem­bered as a “tremen­dous dis­grace for Ar­gen­tinian foot­ball.”

South Amer­i­can foot­ball's govern­ing body CONMEBOL moved the game from River's Mon­u­men­tal Sta­dium to the Bern­abeu for se­cu­rity rea­sons af­ter it was post­poned due to crowd trou­ble last month.

Asked how the sit­u­a­tion would be re­mem­bered, D'Onofrio told El Pais: "As a dis­grace. As a tremen­dous dis­grace for Ar­gen­tinian foot­ball."We lost be­ing hosts and that is a huge dis­ad­van­tage. It's un­just that more than 60 000 peo­ple have lost the op­por­tu­nity to see the game at the Mon­u­men­tal Sta­dium."

D'Onofrio said CONMEBOL's de­ci­sion was harsh and his club had no re­spon­si­bil­ity for the vi­o­lence that saw the Boca team bus at­tacked."The se­cu­rity sys­tem failed, to­tally and ab­so­lutely," he said. "We had zero re­spon­si­bil­ity.

"River's re­spon­si­bil­ity be­gins in­side the Mon­u­men­tal sta­dium. When Boca leave their ho­tel, the re­spon­si­bil­ity is of the se­cu­rity ser­vices. The city and na­tion's high­est au­thor­i­ties al­ready ad­mit­ted that.” — ESPN.

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