Copa Libertadores final delayed after bus attack police tear gas hurts players

Copa Libertadores final delayed after bus attack police tear gas hurts players

While it was always expected that the second-leg of tonight's Copa Libertadores final would be a fiery affair, River vs Boca has been postponed following the attack of the former team's bus on arrival at the stadium.

Pérez was taken to hospital with an eye injury but the medical team of Conmebol, the South American federation, released a statement saying neither he nor any Boca player was unfit to play.

Before the match was called off, Tevez said CONMEBOL was forcing Boca to play the match even though teammates were injured after the bus attack.

The decisive second leg of the continent's biggest tournament was postponed until Sunday after Boca's players suffered the effects of tear gas and broken glass when River fans pelted their coach with missiles as it arrived at El Monumental stadium.

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The delay was announced after Boca players were hurt when their bus was attacked on its way into the stadium, organizers said.

"I have asked the inspectors to act quickly, to make it possible for the game to be played", he said.

The official CONMEBOL Twitter account then confirmed that the game had been postponed to a 7.15 PM (10.15 PM GMT) kick-off, an hour later than originally scheduled.

A worrying aspect of South American football - especially viewed through the eyes of someone who lived through the bad, old days of the English game in the 1970s and '80s - is the occasional lack of basic measures in crowd control. The president of Conmebol, Alejandro Dominguez, had spoken on Friday of the need to separate the passion from the violence, and the difficulties of doing so.

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It is the first time ever it has been contested by two Argentine sides.

The two teams drew 2-2 in the first match of the final series.

It is the first-ever final involving the two rivals in global competition.

A Boca official told the press that the pepper spray came from the police trying to disperse River fans.

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There were unconfirmed reports of six Boca players vomiting due to pepper spray inhalation - with claims it was River fans, not the police, who used the gas. Had River won, Boca would surely have appealed against the result and in the circumstances, it would have been hard for anybody to concentrate on the actual game. Away supporters are banned from football matches in Argentina due to recurring violence in and around the grounds.

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