Following the postponement until further notice of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors, the great rivals of Argentine football, the presidents of the two clubs meet at Tuesday's Conmebol headquarters to try to find a new date.
Violent incidents around the stadium, injured players, accusations of betrayal among leaders: since Saturday, the situation tends to be increasing around this meeting, which would be a major sporting event in the world of football, this South American competition being the equivalent of the Champions League.
Images of River fans hitting the Boca players bus, skirmishing around the stadium, prisons, the streets of this elegant district of Buenos Aires, plunged in a cloud of tear gas, were scattered around the world.
As tens of thousands of spectators gathered on Saturday at the stadium, including FIFA president Gianni Infantino, the organizers finally had to postpone the meeting until further notice.
The bus entered the river complex with several broken windows. The players came out coughing, eyes irritated. Captain Pablo Perez was taken to a hospital for a medical examination.
– betrayal –
The passion and rivalry are such between River Plate and Boca Juniors, the most qualified clubs in Argentina, that meetings are regularly glazed with incidents.
In addition, these scenes of urban violence are the worst effect in a few days of the G20 summit, to be held in the Argentine capital on November 30 and December 1, where the heads of state and government of the top twenty are expected. rich and emerging countries.
After agreeing to postpone the match, Boca Juniors is claiming a victory on the green carpet after the incident on Saturday. The first leg ended with a 2-2 draw.
In front, the president of River Plate, Rodolfo D & # 39; Onofrio, denounces the betrayal. "I can not believe he can not keep his promise, we've signed a document, and we shake hands, and then I hear that Boca takes advantage of Conmebol and asks them to be champions by decree." ; Onofrio on Radio Miter.
D & # 39; Onofrio said that without his support for Boca Juniors' request for postponement, the match would have been disputed on Saturday night, because Conmebol insisted in that regard despite the incidents and injury of Pablo Perez.
– Request for commitment –
Mouth demands that River be sanctioned because the attack of stones and tear gas of the bus of the Mouth was perpetrated by ultra-rio supporters, exploiting a flaw in the security device of the Argentine police.
Buenos Aires security chief Martin Ocampo also resigned on Monday.
In addition to Tuesday's meeting between the presidents, Boca's request for sanctions against River "should be examined by Conmebol's Disciplinary Tribunal, an independent body composed of ten members," he told AFP. source within the Confederation.
Conmebol president Alejandro Dominguez asked the presidents of both clubs to reach a compromise. "It's much more than a sporting title at stake, or all South American football players come together to end the violence, or violence will end with South American football," he said. he warned.
In 2015, in a final eight between the two rivals, Boca Juniors had received a penalty, missed match on the green carpet (3-0) because one of their supporters had sprayed an annoying gas players River Plate in the inflatable tunnel that takes changing rooms to the lawn.
Diego Maradona, fan of Boca, also put his two cents. "I like to win on the pitch, but if we do not respect the standards, we need a penalty and the penalty is to give the points to Boca," he says.