River Plate Refuse To Play Libertadores In Madrid

River Plate Refuse To Play Libertadores In Madrid

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has dubbed as "strange" the decision to hold the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate in Madrid.

The title match of South America's club soccer championship was thrown into disarray again when Argentina's River Plate refused to play the rearranged final in Spain.

The first leg ended 2-2 but before the return fixture an attack left a number of players, including Boca's former Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus striker Carlos Tevez, reportedly suffering from dizziness and vomiting and requiring treatment from club doctors.

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

"River Plate reject the change of venue", the club said in a statement on Saturday.

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Several Boca Juniors players including Pablo Perez needed hospital treatment for injuries caused by shards of glass and others complained about the effects of inhaling teargas in the attack last Saturday.

River was already angered it was fined $400,000 and ordered to play the next two CONMEBOL games behind closed doors after fans broke windows on the Boca bus and players including Carlos Tevez inhaled pepper spray.

Real Madrid have sent an email to their members offering them the chance to buy two tickets per member, with the briefs on sale on Sunday 2 December, from 9:00 in the morning till 18:00, in Real Madrid's online service for members.

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

Following the incidents, CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez called the affair a "sad day for South American football".

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