The second leg of the Copa Libertadores remaining was pushed again in the future after Boca Juniors gamers have been injured Saturday when their bus was attacked because it drove to the stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the scheduled begin of South America’s largest match.
South American soccer’s governing physique, CONMEBOL, rescheduled the sport between Boca and their largest rivals, River Plate, for Sunday at 5 p.m. native time (three p.m. ET) after Boca gamers have been damage and unable to play the match when shattered glass from the home windows and tear gasoline shot by police obtained into the staff bus.
CONMEBOL initially postponed the match till 6 p.m. native time Saturday; kickoff was pushed again once more, to 7:15 p.m., earlier than the announcement was made that the sport would happen on Sunday.
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River followers threw stones and wooden on the Boca staff bus because it made its method to River’s Monumental de Nunez Stadium, breaking a number of home windows. Gamers have been hit by shattered glass and thrown objects, and suffered the results of tear gasoline and pepper spray utilized by police to comprise the violence.
“They have been throwing pepper gasoline, stones, the whole lot,” the Clarin web site quoted Juan Carlos Crespi, a member of the Boca delegation, as saying.
“The gamers are all damage, you may’t play this fashion,” Christian Gribaudo, Boca’s secretary normal, stated in quotes reported by Clarin, with the membership asking docs to look at the gamers.
Photos confirmed gamers Carlos Tevez, Pablo Perez, Nahitan Nandez, Dario Benedetto, Mauro Zarate, Ramon Abila and Agustin Almendra among the many injured, with captain Perez taken to hospital after being lower by shards of glass.
Tevez was interviewed by a neighborhood tv station and stated: “We aren’t able to play the sport. They’re forcing us to play it.
“We have now three companions who aren’t bodily effectively. No River participant got here in to ask how we have been doing.”
Clarin stated six gamers had vomited within the dressing room after gasoline drifted by way of bus home windows smashed by River followers exterior the stadium.
Police made arrests within the space, but it surely was not clear whether or not these have been linked to the incidents.
Boca and River drew the primary leg 2-2 on Nov. 11, a recreation that was delayed 24 hours itself due to a waterlogged pitch at Boca’s stadium.
Three years in the past, a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie between the identical groups was deserted at half-time after Boca followers attacked the River gamers with pepper spray within the tunnel.
River was given a bye into the quarterfinals and Boca was kicked out the competitors.
Data from Reuters and the Related Press was used on this story.