Libertadores final suspended after Boca players hurt


A day of mayhem ended with the second leg of River's Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors being suspended until Sunday. According to Spanish newspaper AS, this resulted in players on the bus being injured.

CONMEBOL said in a statement that its doctors noted Boca players "suffered superficial skin injuries" and two "said they had eye injuries, which could not be confirmed".

The delay was announced after Boca players were hurt when their bus was attacked on its way into the stadium, organizers said. Under these conditions one can not play and the other one does not want to win like this.

Boca star Carlos Tevez claimed that the Xeneize and River were being "forced to play" the final and that Boca were not in a condition to take the field.

The all-Buenos Aires clash, the first time Argentina's two biggest clubs had met for the title, was billed as the greatest final in the competition's 58-year history but will instead be remembered for the violence that left players bleeding and nearly all the windows on one side of the Boca bus shattered.

The two teams agreed to play Sunday evening instead of delaying the match start a few hours as originally planned, the president of the South American Football Confederation told reporters.

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Per the Independent's Miguel Delaney, there were reports that three Boca players were taken to hospital following the incident, with Pablo Perez hospitalised after glass had gone into his eye.

"Due to this situation, we believe from a medical point of view there is no reason to suspend the match".

"They're forcing us to play the game". It completely surprised me.

"They have not made a decision and this is not the best way to prepare for this game".

South American football's governing body (CONMEBOL) twice rescheduled the kick-off in the hope of getting the game played but with a capacity 62,000 crowd waiting for the players to emerge they eventually chose to postpone the final. "No River player came in to ask how we were doing".

Predictably, there has been plenty of reaction to the madness in Argentina on Twitter, with ex-players, fans and pundits alike giving their opinion.

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