River Plate refuse to play Copa Libertadores final second leg at Bernabeu

River Plate refuse to play Copa Libertadores final second leg at Bernabeu

Boca feel that after the second leg was called off following River fans attacking their team bus, the game should be awarded to them without having to be played.

The Copa Libertadores final second leg between Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was twice postponed a week ago after Boca players were injured when River fans attacked the team bus.

From next season onwards, the final will be played in a single match at a neutral venue - a decision which CONMEBOL had already taken before last month's trouble.

"Following the presentation made yesterday, Friday November 30, before the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), River Plate confirms its refusal to change venue", a club statement said.

It has also been confirmed that the game will be played in front of fans from both Boca and River, despite security fears meaning that both legs in Argentina were set to be played in front of an exclusively home crowd.

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In a statement on the club's website, River said it was "incomprehensible" that the game had been moved to Spain.

"It is incomprehensible that the superclasico can not take place as normal in the same country where a G20 summit is now taking place", the club added.

Several hours before River put out their statement, Boca Juniors said they were going to appeal against the decision to move the match to Madrid to the South American football federation CONMEBOL, and eventually to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"Argentine football as a whole and the Argentine Football Association can not and should not allow a handful of violent [fans] to impede the development of the Superclasico in our country", it said.

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