The match between the bitter Buenos Aires rivals was rescheduled after Boca’s bus was attacked
The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors has been rescheduled for December and will now take place outside of Argentina.
The match between the bitter Buenos Aires rivals was due to take place on Saturday night at River’s El Monumental stadium, with the tie finely poised after a dramatic 2-2 draw in the first leg.
But it was postponed after Boca’s team bus came under attack from River fans as it arrived at the stadium.
Players were injured by flying shards of glass and affected by tear gas, fired by police to disperse the crowds.
Former Manchester City and Manchester United striker Carlos Tevez was among those affected by the incident and left needing treatment.
The game was rescheduled for Sunday by CONMEBOL, South American football’s governing body, but was postponed again just three hours before the re-arranged kick off-time.
Now CONMEBOL have taken the decision to stage the game – regarded as one of the biggest in Argentine football history – outside of the country,
It will take place on either December 8 or 9.
Several potential venues have been suggested by the South American media, with Miami, Paraguay’s capital Asuncion and the United Arab Emirates among the possible candidates.
It has also been reported that Boca formally asked CONMEBOL to disqualify River Plate and award them the trophy – a request the confederation has appeared to decline.
Crowd trouble in South American football is hardly new and the two legs of the final were scheduled to be played without away fans, as their safety could not be guaranteed.
But the scenes from the weekend were deeply embarrassing for Argentinian football, particularly as the country hopes to lead a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Paraguay and Uruguay, a tournament that England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales would like to host, too.
What is the Copa Libertadores?
Organised by CONMEBOL since 1960, it is the South American version of the Champions League and regarded as one of the most prestigious tournaments in world football.
It takes place annually and at least four clubs per country compete. Argentina and Brazil each have six clubs participating.
The tournament consists of six stages, with the first stage taking place in early February.
This year is the first time in history Boca Juniors and River Plate have faced off in the final.