River Plate reject decision to play Copa final in Spain

Nuevo episodio en el culebrón de la Libertadores El River anuncia que apelará la decisión

The Copa Libertadores final second leg between Buenos Aires rivals Boca Juniors and River Plate was twice postponed a week ago after Boca players were injured when River fans attacked the team bus.

Several hours before River put out their statement, Boca Juniors said they were going to appeal against the decision to move the match to Madrid to the South American football federation CONMEBOL, and eventually to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

"Football is based on national associations who play their competitions in their countries and continental competitions who play on their continents and then FIFA who can play its competitions everywhere", FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Saturday.

Conmebol eventually arranged for the game to be played December 9 in Madrid.

The biggest game in South American club football is in disarray again a week after violence forced the original fixture to be postponed.

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"The club maintains that the change of venue and decision distorts the competition, harms those who acquired a ticket and affects the equality of conditions", said River Plate in a statement.

"I guess we have to agree to it, it is up to Conmebol and the clubs". "Football can't stop, the ball can't stop - we'll see how we make it happen".

Both sets of supporters will be given an equal allocation for the moved match, despite the first leg, which finished 2-2, being played only in front of Boca fans inside La Bombonera.

River has issued an objection to losing out on the home-field advantage of playing the game in their Monumental stadium, saying their fans did not deserve to miss out on watching the final.

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