The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate will take place outside of Argentina on December 8 and 9, in a venue to be confirmed, announced the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) .
Boca Juniors President Daniel Angelici took a stubborn attitude during a meeting at Conmebol's headquarters in Asunción and handed a letter formally asking that River Plate be disqualified from the competition and that the return match be no longer played after the attack of the coach of the Boca team en route for the return match initially planned. Angelici said that he would appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration of the sport "if necessary".
His River Plate counterpart, Rodolfo D 'Onofrio, was also present, as was Robert Harrison, president of the Paraguayan Football Federation, suggesting that the match could take place in Asunción, but Brazil and Brazil. Italy have also offered to host the return match. . The first leg ended 2-2 at Bombonera Stadium in Boca.
Domínguez had hinted Monday that the match postponed twice could be moved to a neutral venue when he said the "equal" conditions demanded by Boca could not be guaranteed. On Tuesday, he said: "The conditions for playing in Argentina are not good. Football does not concern violence, it is decided with objectives. Football is not what we saw this weekend. It is a disease that must be eradicated. "
Conmebol's decision to move the match out of Argentina may have been influenced by the G20 Summit, which begins Friday in Buenos Aires and will mobilize much of the city's police and security resources. With the Fifa Club World Cup starting on December 12, Conmebol needs the uncertainty of the return match to be resolved quickly for South America to have a representative.
The match was postponed twice after the attack in front of Estadio Monumental. A missile shootout broke the windows and left some Boca players needing medical attention, including midfielder Pablo Pérez, who went to the hospital with an eye injury. It was postponed to 5 pm Sunday but was called back three hours before the kick off.
The Conmebol Discipline Committee will meet separately to decide on the penalty to be inflicted on River Plate for the violent behavior of its fans on Saturday. The two rounds of the final were to be played without partisans, their safety can not be guaranteed.
But the weekend scenes were deeply embarrassing for Argentine football, as the country hopes to lead a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay, a tournament that the England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales would also like host.