Copa Libertadores to be played on 8th or 9th of December

River Plate face disqualification from Copa Libertadores final over fan violence as authority meets

Marcelo Hernandez

In their request, Boca cited an article in the regulations which could lead to the club being awarded the Copa Libertadores title without the second leg being played.

If a Miami-based group has its way, per Sports Illustrated soccer maven Grant Wahl, the second stage of the Copa Libertadores final between Boca Juniors and River Plate won't be played at El Monumental or in Argentina at all.

Several players were injured as rocks, bottles and wood were hurled at the vehicle, shattering windows. It was postponed a second time on Sunday, as it was determined the playing conditions were not equal.

The decisive game after the 2-2 first-leg draw was postponed after fan trouble.

And an abhorrent video of River Plate fans kicking and beating a pig dressed in Boca Juniors colours has further soured a fixture which always promised to explode.

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A four-man CONMEBOL disciplinary committee is due to meet on Tuesday to decide River's punishment.

Following a meeting with the two Argentine clubs' presidents in Asuncion, Conmebol said the match, to take place on "December 8 or 9", would be at an as yet undecided venue.

"Boca considers that [equal] conditions have not been established and asks for the game to be suspended and sanctions applied", the club had said in a statement reports the United Kingdom based newspaper.

Alejandro Dominguez, president of CONMEBOL, said on Monday in an open letter that "all of South American football prioritize and join forces in identifiying, understanding and combating the causes and acts of violence that stain our sport".

With the tie poised at 2-2, Boca players were left injured by shards of broken glass and affected by tear gas, which was sacked by police to disperse the crowd outside River Plate's El Monumental stadium.

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Despite the fact that a number of Boca players were ready to take the field, chose to postpone the game until at least Sunday.

"We have to play this match".

"Deep, in fact, are the bonds that unite the two Argentine football clubs - both founded by Genoese immigrants at the beginning of the twentieth century - with the Ligurian capital", Genoa's government said.

The fixture has captured the imagination of the footballing world but the actions of supporters have now thrown the match into disarray.

"Football unites us and it's time to show the right message".

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