BUENOS AIRES — The most anticipated Copa Libertadores ultimate in many years may not be selected the sphere in any case.
The South American soccer confederation, Conmebol, will resolve Tuesday whether or not to disqualify River Plate and award the title to its archrival, Boca Juniors; to power the second leg to be performed behind closed doorways; or to transfer the match to a impartial stadium.
The first leg of the ultimate, at Boca’s La Bombonera stadium, resulted in a 2-2 tie.
The second leg, initially scheduled for Saturday, was postponed after River Plate followers attacked the Boca Juniors crew bus close to River’s stadium, pelting it with rocks, bottles and wooden, shattering a few of its home windows. Several gamers had been injured by damaged glass; others had bother respiratory due to the tear fuel and pepper spray utilized by the police to quell the fan violence.
After followers returned to the stadium on Sunday, Conmebol postponed the match indefinitely as a result of, it mentioned, it was apparent the Boca crew was not match to play what Argentines have been hyping as “the final of the century.”
The destiny of the South American membership title now rests with directors at Conmebol, which oversees the competitors.
History doesn’t favor River. In 2015, Conmebol disqualified Boca Juniors within the match’s Round of 16 after River Plate gamers had been attacked with pepper spray by fans during a game at Boca’s stadium. Boca Juniors is now pressing for the same sanctions for its rival.
“Any sanction different from the one applied to Boca would bring a clear and unfair discrepancy,” Boca wrote to Conmebol on Monday.
River’s president, Rodolfo D’Onofrio, said his club could not be blamed for public security breaches, and accused his Boca counterpart, Daniel Angelici, of breaking his word after promising to play.
“I’m struggling to believe he cannot keep his promise,” D’Onofrio fumed on Radio Mitre. “We signed a document and we shook hands. Then I find out he’s petitioned Conmebol and asked for them to be declared champions.”