River, Boca refuse to play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid

River, Boca refuse to play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid

River, Boca refuse to play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid

CONMEBOL's decision to play the Copa Libertadores final art the Santiago Bernabeu has not been well received by either of the sides taking part.

The derby between the Buenos Aires clubs was twice postponed last weekend, following an attack on the Boca team bus by River Plate fans.

The game will take place at Real Madrid's home ground on Sunday, December 9, with kick-off scheduled for 7:30pm GMT/2:30pm ET.

The email states there is a limit to the number of the tickets, which, according to Real Madrid, was agreed with Copa Libertadores organiser Conmebol.

Infantino then told AFP the Madrid game would be "a festival of South-American football".

"Following the presentation made yesterday, Friday November 30, before the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), River Plate confirms its refusal to change venue", a club statement said.

The PSG fullback posted a video Instagram in which he blasted Conmebol's decision to play the game outside of South America.

"It's incomprehensible that the most important match in Argentine football can't happen without issues in this very country, days after it hosted the G20 summit", read the statement.

Despite protests from both sides, the match is expected to move on in Madrid with the victor representing South America in the World Cup Championship.

"The club believes this decision demeans the competition, prejudices those who have bought tickets and makes it unfair", River continued.

"It's odd", Valverde said on Saturday.

This was after the Boca team bus was attacked and players injured as it approached River's Monumental Stadium.

"We have to work to find out who are the people to blame".

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