River Plate rejects moving Copa Libertadores final to Madrid

03 December, 2018, 07:14 | Author: Amy Huff
  • Copa Libertadores final: River Plate refuse to play Boca Juniors in Madrid

River doesn't want to play the match in Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium because it will hurt fans who originally paid to watch the November 24 game at River's El Monumental stadium, the club said in a statement on its website.

River confirmed on Friday that they had appealed against the decision to relocate the match and are now insisting they will not take part in the game, accusing CONMEBOL of pricing supporters out of attending.

Alhough the second leg was scheduled for Sunday, that match between the two rivals was also postponed after Boca requested for CONMEBOL to suspend the game.

Despite protests from both sides, the match is expected to move on in Madrid with the victor representing South America in the World Cup Championship.

"I was here last Saturday", Infantino said at a press conference at the G20 summit.

"All those people who had nothing to do with what happened should not have to pay over a few ignorant people".

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Either Boca or River will play in the tournament alongside Real Madrid and other continental tournament winners, with the final set for December 22.

But, Infantino insisted that Argentina "does not have to feel ashamed" over the final being moved to Madrid.

Boca's call to be awarded the win via River's disqualification has been rejected by CONMEBOL, but the club has maintained its stance, and issued a statement saying it would "exhaust all the ways and means available to ensure that justice is served".

"No matter what the decision, ideal or not, any would have its critics".

Boca captain Pablo Perez, who was seen wearing an eye patch after the attacks, believed that the decision to move the game away from the Monumental was the right one.

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