For the first time in the history of the Libertadores (59 editions), perhaps for the first time in any important tournament, a final had to be suspended due to incidents; more shameful than sad. The sad honor corresponds to the Argentine soccer and to the security forces of the city of Buenos Aires. The most elementary spring has failed since this game exists: save as it is due to the visiting delegation arrive safely to the stadium where they must play the match. And under normal conditions.
Some police captains worked out a plan that was as insane as it was crazy: that the bus of the mouth crossed streets with thousands of fans of the river that surrounded it. Like entering a torch into a dust compartment. The barbarity generated the expected consequence: mismatches destroyed with stones several glasses of the bus and impacted some players. Boca refused to play. Without a doubt, I was not emotionally capable of doing it and then the embarrassment began. The final was passed from Saturday to Sunday and Sunday when God disposes, because men, difficult …
This time, the logic of football was given: if in a country could happen, it was in Argentina, and if it had to happen in a specific match, it was in a Boca river. There are a hundred and ten years of extreme rivalry concentrated in a 90-minute bottle. A very thick juice came out. They had so much rivalry that they came to this, that they can hardly play. The passion for football is beautiful to experience, although when it reaches such unreasonable levels it loses all meaning and naturalness.
This irrationality created a demonic spawn: the barrabrava, a deformation of the fan they let grow and is now difficult to master. This monster has created a phenomenal business around football and is not willing to lose it. Extors, threatens, resells and fakes passages, sells T-shirts, caps, scarves, "caring" cars. There's a good place to leave the car five blocks from the stadium, and when it's closing, a scary, leathery-looking guy comes up to him and says in a friendly, intimidating voice: "Give me five hundred I'll take care of it of your car, Dad. " And as the idea is to see the game and return home alive (and with the healthy car), normal fans give the 500, very disgusted. It's all about them, ten blocks away. Of course, they do not take care of anything and watch the game.
And in classics like that they make real fortunes. In an attack on Friday, police arrested "Cavern," the head of Rio's gritty bar. He had $ 15,000, 10 million pesos (equivalent to another $ 255,000 and 300 tickets to place). It is believed that, in retaliation, Cavernita ordered its henchmen to promote the disturbances. They used to ask clubs for tickets to watch the games; now to sell them. So they go the same way, to the bad: they assemble a group of fifty, they come running in droves and they attack a gate. The poor controls and the police that are in operation are working.
In 2017 a similar event happened to this river-mouth when the Borussia Dortmund bus was attacked with three explosives while the team was going to their stadium to face Monaco for the Champions League. It was for the quarterfinals and the game was postponed to the next day. Marc Bartra, the Spanish defender of Borussia, suffered serious injuries: broken thigh in one arm and glasses attached to both arms and hands. He must have been operated on.
The end of the world … Well: the end of the third world. And we are.
– Gabriel Meluk (@MelukLeCuenta) November 24, 2018
But it was not due to the violence among the fans, who showed exemplary behavior (Dortmund fans even housed their counterparts in Monaco who had to stay), but an attack by a private individual for terrorist purposes or for economic reasons. ANDAt the end of December, hundreds of unregistered Barrabravas do Flamengo broke the Maracanã fences and entered the office sector, destroying and generating panic in the definition of the South American Cup. It was very serious. However, the final was played.
But Flamengo and Independiente, despite being a stellar match between the majors, did not have the signal of the South American football redeemer that had been granted to River-Boca, for which world journalism aimed first at Bombonera and Monumental . after
The promoted "end of all time" ended in "The role of all times", as Claudio Cerviño very well defined in his column of the Nation. Or, as he wrote on El Tiempo's Twitter, El Tiempo newspaper, "the end of the world was in the third world."
Dozens of journalists from Italy, Spain, Japan, England, Slovenia, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, United States, gathered on Saturday at Monumental, especially attracted by the beautiful game of the first duel, 2 to 2 Also about 60,000 fans Decent River that left $ 2.7 million in box office.
And millions of fans were waiting in front of the television in much of the world. We all feel the same sadness. They embarrass others, the Argentines are theirs. There were no deaths or injuries, not even fights between fans, but the sense of bullshit, organizational inability is shameful. And many people wanted these games to be played during the week, at night and with the visiting public. A delusion
If, in itself, the Argentine is not a meek subject and finds it difficult to be gentle, society goes through a phase of special tension, exacerbated by extreme and tumultuous politicization. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general who will arrive in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, revealed in an interview his concern about an escalation of "fear, intolerance and distrust in many countries." It seemed he was talking about Argentina in particular.
This horrible Rio-Boca comes as an alert to President Macri, five days before the start of the first G20 Summit in Latin America, which will bring together the leaders of the twenty-largest countries in the world. The capital of tango will be protected for several days. You can take care of Putin, Trump, Merkel, Xi Jinping, Macrón, etc., if you could not with the bus from Boca …?
Boca was attacked by River public a few meters from entering the Monumental. He arrived shocked, upset and with his captain Pablo Perez affected in one eye by a splinter. So you can not go out and play a game except this finale. He had the right and the reason not to play.
"We did not have a previous logic and it had nothing to do with the previous game," said coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto. It is true. Do not think of exaggerations: Perez reviewed an ophthalmologist in front of witnesses and found that he had reduced vision in his left eye by 60%. And this is not table football, it breaks a doll and we put another. The confrontation was denaturalized sportily.
The feeling that was left, by the actions and words of the president of Boca del Carmen, Daniel Angelici, is that Boca first tried to leave the Monumental on Saturday; then see how to avoid the commitment on Sunday without staying as "no show", that is, the postponement of Conmebol.
And he will go to the Conmebol meeting in Paraguay on Tuesday not to agree to a new date of dispute: he wants the points and a serious sanction against River. Boca does not want to play anymore, is getting revenge for 2015 when he was eliminated from the World Cup by Conmebol when a gold-colored fan threw pepper spray in the face of several River Plate players. At that time, was well sanctioned and River was crowned champion. Now, before a very similar event, Boca asks that River be well sanctioned, which, in addition, is accused of having a huge political weight in the Confederacy.
Someone said that Conmebol would take the duel to a neutral ground. Impossible: River would not accept. Besides, what sensible politician would want to host him …? That means receiving 25,000 fans from Boca and others from the River. You have to assign an army to control them. Attention Santiago de Chile next year, when you reach the only Cup final …!
These are only the first chapters of the story. This will continue.
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