Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Carlos Tevez: Authorities tried force Boca to play final

Carlos Tevez: Authorities tried force Boca to play final

The incident occurred three years after a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie between the same teams was abandoned at half-time after Boca fans attacked the River players with pepper spray in the tunnel.

The Boca team bus was held up by River fans as it approached the stadium, with reports from local media suggesting there was limited security outside the ground for the arrival of the away side. Having the desired effect, some of the players on board suffered from the ill-effects of this attack. Although this decision seems a little bit optimistic, perhaps. On that occasion, River were awarded the game.

The vehicle was pelted with rocks, beer bottles and other projectiles, destroying the windows and causing eye injuries to two Boca players, who required hospital treatment.

Further reports suggest that the driver of the Boca Juniors bus almost collapsed upon arriving at the Monumental due to the effect of the gases, while some of the players were said to be vomiting, with Tévez, Wanchope y Espìnoza among the worst affected.

Tevez said they were being "obliged" to do so despite "being in no condition" while the midfielder Fernando Gago blamed the presidents of Conmebol and Federation Internationale de Football Association.

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"I want to say to our families that we are fine because have not had any contact in the changing room".

Our man in the stadium has told us the game is definitely off for the night.

A statement from Conmebol's medical commission shown on television said some players had suffered "superficial cuts" and that there was no medical reason to suspend the match.

The match between Boca Juniors and River Plate has been postponed until Sunday at 5pm GMT, according to reports.

All the while thousands of River supporters sat in the stands in nervous ignorance at what was going on in the bowels of the Monumental. I had an allergic reaction and there were players who could not breathe. It has also been confirmed that fans will still be allowed to attend the re-scheduled game, with a tweet from River Plate's official Twitter account translating to: "We ask all fans to keep their tickets as they will be valid for tomorrow's game which will be played at 17:00". Argentine football has been shamed, tainted nearly beyond fix, and it is hard to see any improvement possible with such criminal incompetence reigning among those entrusted with the organisation and safety of the sport.

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