Details behind attack on Boca bus that postponed final

Copa Libertadores final postponed after Boca Jrs bus attack

The Boca Juniors bus has been attacked in disgusting scenes on their way into the River Plate Stadium causing a number of players to be hospitalised according to reports.

The match between the Buenos Aires rivals on Saturday evening was initially delayed twice after the Boca bus came under attack as it arrived at the stadium. Having the desired effect, some of the players on board suffered from the ill-effects of this attack.

Boca players were left coughing and teary eyed after River fans pelted their team bus, smashing windows, with "pepper spray, sticks and stones" ahead of the Argentine giants' "superclasico" Libertadores title decider. Federation Internationale de Football Association boss Gianni Infantino reportedly even told Boca they would be disqualified if they refused to play.

Just over an hour before kick-off Boca's team coach made its way to River's Monumental and was a sitting duck for idiotic home fans milling outside the stadium. Had River won, Boca would surely have appealed against the result and in the circumstances, it would have been hard for anybody to concentrate on the actual game.

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There were desperate attempts to stage the game on its scheduled day, first with an hour's delay, at 6pm local time, and then at 7.15, 7.30 and 7.45, before the abandonment was finally announced to deafening whistles from the 70,000 inside the ground at around 7.20. On that occasion, Boca were disqualified from the competition.

Several of the Boca Junior players are said to have been badly affected by the tear gas, with Boca Secretary General Christian Gribauldo saying also that some have been cut by glass from the smashed windows, and that they are not in "any condition to play".

Tevez was interviewed by a local television station and said: "We are not in a position to play the game. We can't play like this".

Meanwhile, 66,000 River Plate fans were in the stadium waiting for a match that has been one of the most anticipated in Argentine football history. But it is little solace to the supporters who eagerly awaited this showpiece final, in many cases spending thousands of dollars and travelling vast distances to see the action. We don't have a leg to stand on: if we have to play, we are going to play. 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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