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River Plate refuses to travel for Copa Libertadores 2nd leg

Spain Soccer Copa Libertadores Final

A general view of the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. The twice-postponed Copa Libertadores final between Argentina archrivals Boca Juniors and River Plate will be played in Madrid on Dec. 9. The second leg was supposed to be played last Saturday, but Boca players were injured when their bus was attacked by River fans. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)


River Plate has announced its refusal to travel to Spain for the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final.

“The Argentine Football Association (AFA) can not and should not allow a handful of violent ones to impede the development of the Superclásico in our country,” said a press release.

River and Boca Juniors were level at 2 after one leg, setting up a monumental home decider, but River fans attacked the Boca team bus, injuring or sickening multiple players via tear gas and broken glass.

That postponed the game a few hours, and then a day, and ultimately the match was rescheduled for Dec. 9 at the Bernabeu in Madrid.

River says the decision to move the match distorts the competition, harms those who bought tickets for the home match, and affects their chances of winning the tie.

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