It appears that the finals of the South American Copa Libertadores will be held in Madrid, at Santiago Bernabeu stadium. That is the most recent news which appeared earlier today.
A lot of attention has been drawn by the recent developments surrounding the final game of the elite South American soccer competition. Turmoils which happened before the rematch forced the organizers to reschedule it and to look for other places for this finale to take place.
— Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) November 25, 2018
In the end, Real Madrid’s home emerged as the best solution, and the game will be played on December the 9th, Sunday, at 2:30 ET.
What is different than usual when River and Boca meet, is the fact that both clubs are going to have their supporters in the stands. Up until this point, only the home team’s fans could watch the games. Since Madrid is a neutral venue, organizers allowed this situation despite many protests. The two sides have a violent and hostile history, which often didn’t end up well when meeting face to face.
After all, the problems with River fans postponed the event at Monumental.
Also, CONMEBOL fined River Plate with $400,00 precisely because of their ultras, who attacked the bus with Boca Juniors’ players, eventually hurting several players in it, among them Pablo Perez, the captain of the team, whose eye was damaged by the broken window glass.
Shocking scenes before #SuperClásico
River Plate fans attacked the Boca team bus leaving several players hurt.
Look at the state of the bus 😳
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 24, 2018
According to several sources, Boca Juniors might not play that match, as they demand to see River Plate disqualified and they are planning to appeal on this decision, to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. They already refused to participate in the game one day after the attack, despite CONMEBOL’s efforts to see that match played.
Several media houses stated that FIFA and South American Football Asociation demanded from Boca’s players to appear on the court, at all costs.
Besides Madrid, Miami, Paraguay, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates were in the combination as the potential venues of this epic event. Still, Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez has excellent personal relationships with both presidents and his influence might have affected this decision.
The first match at La Bombonera ended with a draw 2-2?
Is the second one going to be even played?