The formal request of Boca à la Conmebol was frank: wants River to be disqualified from the current edition of the Copa Libertadores and that the title is in your hands. Faced with this statement that did nothing but deepen the deaf crack between the two leaders, River must defend himself before the Conmebol Disciplinary Tribunal. The Board of Directors Rodolfo D & # 39; Onofrio he wants to respect the commitment signed by both leaders with Conmebol on Saturday afternoon, postponing the game to Sunday, and that the Superclassic is played in the Estadio Monumental and with the public. For this, River's strategy points in two directions: to differentiate the micro attack from the mouth of what happened in 2015 at Bombonera with gas pepper and make it clear that the riots occurred outside the perimeter of security that corresponds to the club.
ANDl May 14, 2015, Boca and River tied scoreless at Bombonera to return to the Round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores. River won by 1 x 0 the first stage of the Monumental with a goal of penalty of the Uruguayan Carlos Sánchez and the draw in the rematch gave him the classification for the next round. Compact and experienced, River was superior to Boca in the first half. And when the team of Marcelo Gallardo returned to the field after the break, in the security sleeve they were victims of a pepper spray attack. Leonardo Ponzio and Matías Kranevitter were most affected by first-degree burns and temporary blindness and burning eyes, while Leonel Vangioni, Jonatan Maidana, Ramiro Funes Mori and Gonzalo Martínez They also had a bad time.
After an hour and a waiting room, Referee Darío Herrera determined that the match could not continue. Four days later, Conmebol gave the game as River won 3-0 and disqualified Boca from the competition, which generated a great controversy. In his presentation on Sunday against Conmebol, Boca demands that the same criteria be applied to sanction River and requires disqualification of the team millionaire of the competition, with the consequent obtaining of the title for those directed by Guillermo Barros Schellotto.
In the river they consider that there are no common points between that aggression happened three years ago and that the team of Boca suffered on Saturday, when he was going to the Estadio Monumental. The micro was attacked with stones and bottles that broke four windows and, according to medical reports presented by Boca, injured Pablo Perez and the junior midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo. River will maintain before Conmebol that, contrary to what happened in 2015, the attack did not occur inside the stadium but 800 meters outside the security perimeter that the club must cover. River will also maintain the position that there are no parallels with the pepper spray attack that night when the game was being played and everything happened inside the stadium, and now the meeting had not started and the riots occurred within eight blocks of the Monumental.
In addition, they will seek to make clear that the responsibility for the attack is not from River, but from the important flaws that occurred in the security operation. One of River's top leaders told Infobae that "there was a liberated area that was the absolute responsibility of the police." He added: "When the bus arrived on Avenida Libertador and Lidoro Quinteros, police were supposed to have withdrawn fans from Rio about 50 meters away. where the micro mouth passed and he did not do it. It's very strange what happened. "
In River they also evaluated the possibility of including in their defense that Pablo Pérez was reviewed at the Otamendi sanatorium by an ophthalmology department that is in charge of Heriberto Marotta, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Boca and head of the Medicine Department of the Ribera club.
River legal advisers worked against the clock to present defense since Tuesday, the presidents of both clubs have been mentioned at Conmebol's headquarters in Luque to make a definition on the subject. There, on the outskirts of Asunción, Tomorrow at 10 o'clock there will be Rodolfo D & # 39; Onofrio, Daniel Angelici and Alejandro Domínguez, the president of Conmebol, who will propose that the final be played on Saturday, December 8 at Monumental and with public in the stands. River will say he agrees. Boca will oppose and await a favorable nod from the Disciplinary Tribunal, which is independent of Conmebol.