Libertadores final suspended after Boca players hurt

River Vs Boca Juniors Postponed After Players Attacked With Tear Gas

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final was postponed on Saturday evening after the Boca Juniors bus was attacked by rival fans.

The Boca president, Daniel Angelici, said: "We've had stones thrown at us before". Subsequent video footage released by the club showed at least five shattered windows. Forensics experts were seen swabbing the bus, presumably to determine the origin of the gas.

It is the first-ever final involving the two rivals in global competition.

Riot police were deployed to deal with pockets of violence outside the stadium before and after the announcement, as fist fights broke out between supporters and police discharged rubber bullets at fans throwing rocks and other missiles in their direction.

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"They attacked us from everywhere", said Boca captain Pablo Perez, who was visibly affected by the gas.

According to reports in Argentina, Boca players suffered cuts from the glass from broken windows and were also taken ill due to the effects of tear gas used by the police to disperse the crowds. Perez was included in the starting lineup. We are being obliged to play the match. "As for me, I had a lot of pain in my throat and just now it was giving me a headache". His colleagues, even with time to recover from the effects of ingesting a toxic substance, could not possibly have been at their psychological peak for what is nearly certainly the biggest game they will ever play and the biggest game in the history of South American club football.

Despite the damage done to the bus, and the injuries suffered, Conmebol was reported to be forcing the game to go ahead.

The all-Buenos Aires clash, the first time Argentina's two biggest clubs had met for the title, was billed as the greatest final in the competition's 58-year history but will instead be remembered for the violence that left players bleeding and nearly all the windows on one side of the Boca bus shattered.

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There must be concerns too about Sunday's rearranged game.

CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez announced the decision Saturday, 10 minutes before the final was supposed to start. And with the Monumental now reportedly closed, where the game will be played Sunday could be a bit of a mystery.

The game was taking place at River's Estadio Monumental, where most of the 70,000 fans with tickets were already in place when the violence occurred.

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