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River Vs Boca Juniors Postponed After Players Attacked With Tear Gas

River Vs Boca Juniors Postponed After Players Attacked With Tear Gas

Boca Juniors and River Plate are famous rivals, and the conclusion of the Copa Libertadores final between the two was always like to provoke a reaction or two.

Footage also emerged of the Boca bus approaching the stadium at high speed, trying to avoid the barrage from the River Plate fans. Having the desired effect, some of the players on board suffered from the ill-effects of this attack.

Early reports indicated that at least three Boca players were transported to hospital. Although this decision seems a little bit optimistic, perhaps.

This caused the windows of the coach to smash, and meant that when the police attempted to control the crowds by firing tear gas and using pepper spray, which began to affect the Boca players. On that occasion, River were awarded the game.

CONMEBOL initially postponed the match until 6 p.m. local time Saturday; kickoff was pushed back again, to 7:15 p.m., before the announcement was made that the game would take place on Sunday.

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.

"The players are all hurt, you can't play this way", Christian Gribaudo, Boca's secretary general said in quotes reported by the Clarin website.

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Tevez's teammate and former Real Madrid midfielder Fernando Gago added: "I can't believe it". "But the truth is we're not in condition to play".

The Boca president, Daniel Angelici, said: "We've had stones thrown at us before".

Our man in the stadium has told us the game is definitely off for the night.

River were parachuted into the quarter-finals and Boca were kicked out the competition.

All the while thousands of River supporters sat in the stands in nervous ignorance at what was going on in the bowels of the Monumental.

"The team which loses will carry a cross for the rest of their life", was how Marcelo Matador Salas, the Chilean striker who used to play for River and Lazio, described it. It has also been confirmed that fans will still be allowed to attend the re-scheduled game, with a tweet from River Plate's official Twitter account translating to: "We ask all fans to keep their tickets as they will be valid for tomorrow's game which will be played at 17:00".

With so much at stake, the consequences for the losers at Estadio El Monumental could be huge for Argentinian football.


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