Copa Libertadores final delayed after bus attack police tear gas hurts players

Copa Libertadores final postponed after Boca Jrs bus attack

Copa Libertadores final postponed after Boca Jrs bus attack

Reports say that they hurled stones to smash the windows and sprayed pepper gas at the bus driving the Boca squad and staff to the stadium, with Carlos Tevez one of the players most affected by the attack.

The website also quoted Christian Gribaudo, Boca's secretary general, saying: "The players are all hurt, you can't play this way".

The latest example was seen on Saturday, when trouble before the Copa Libertadores final second leg led to the game's postponement.

Just minutes before the delayed kick-off, the teams had still not warmed up on the field.

The match between Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed until Sunday at 5pm GMT, according to reports.

It's understandable that Conmebol would want its showpiece game to go ahead, and the president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, himself a former president of Boca, perhaps also had a vested interest in getting the game played given he hosts the G20 summit in Buenos Aires beginning on Thursday.

Boca captain Perez and Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to a nearby clinic.

Three Boca players sustained injuries, the worst suffered by the midfielder Pablo Perez who was taken to hospital with an eye problem, but Conmebol's medical team later released a statement insisting no Boca players had suffered injuries bad enough to stop them playing-which didn't really seem the point.

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However, official word came that the game would nevertheless be played on Saturday evening - putting kick off back to 7.30pm local time, until the game was finally postponed until Sunday.

Dominguez met with club directors and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

CONMEBOL, the South American Football Confederation, announced in a tweet that the final would be postponed by an hour to 1800 local time (2100GMT) as a result of the violence.

Meanwhile, 66,000 River Plate fans were in the stadium waiting for a match that has been one of the most anticipated in Argentine football history.

The Copa Libertadores final between historic rivals from Argentina, Boca Juniors and River Plate, was never going to be smooth sailing.

There will be no Boca fans at the second leg as travelling support has been banned at all Argentine football matches since 2013 due to hooliganism.

Boca and River drew the first leg 2-2 on November 11, a game that was delayed 24 hours itself because of a waterlogged pitch at Boca's stadium.

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