By Alejandro Basterrechea
The Copa Libertadores final has been postponed indefinitely after violence marred the lead up to the match.
The second leg between River Plate and Boca Juniors, two Argentinian rivals, was postponed for the second time following an incident outside the River stadium on Saturday.
The announcement came an hour after Monumental Stadium opened its gates, leaving fans angry.
Three players were taken to hospital after a group of River fans threw rocks and tear gas at Boca’s bus. The affected players were taken to the hospital where they were treated for several injuries.
The game which was set for Saturday but postponed to Sunday due to the attack, could not be played at all after a decision by Conmebol authorities in Paraguay today.
In a press conference, Conmebol president, Alejandro Dominguez said: “The equal conditions that Boca demanded could not be guaranteed. This is not football, it is not what any of us want.”
Complaints have made by Boca on the lack of planning to keep players safe, and some reports have emerged that they wish the victory to be awarded to them in a forfeit.
In another press conference, Daniel Angilici Boca‘s president said: “This is a sad day for Argentinian football, this was expected to be a great party.”
Carlos Tevez expressed his anger on social media, saying “we were in not condition to play.”
The first leg ended 2-2 at La Bombonera stadium on 11th November.
Both teams presidents’ are scheduled to have a meeting on Tuesday to coordinate another date for the game depending on the Conmebol decision.
Copa Libertadores is the equivalent to the Champions League in Europe, and this is the first time the two biggest Argentinian squads are meeting in the final.