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Volume 7 No. 149
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River Plate Opposed To Playing Copa Libertadores Final In Madrid

Argentine side River Plate "objected" to playing the postponed second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors in Madrid, according to the BBC. The derby between the Buenos Aires clubs was twice postponed last weekend, following an attack on the Boca team bus by River Plate fans. The match was moved more than 6,000 miles away to the Bernabeu in Madrid and is due to be played on Dec. 9. But River Plate said it was "incomprehensible" to play it in Spain. The club said that moving the final of the Copa Libertadores to Spain "distorts the competition" and "denied unjustifiably" the spectators who attended the original match. It said, "Argentine football as a whole and the Argentine Football Association cannot and should not allow a handful of violent [fans] to impede the development of the Superclasico in our country" (BBC, 12/1).