CONMEBOL president Dominguez urges fans to behave in Madrid
Posted On March 22, 2019
Fans should enjoy the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid, the South American federation president said
CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez called for fans to behave in Madrid after the Copa Libertadores final second leg was rearranged.
Boca Juniors and River Plate will meet at the Santiago Bernabeu on December 9 to complete a tie which is locked at 2-2.
The second leg, which was due to be played at River’s El Monumental, was postponed after the Boca bus was attacked on its way to the stadium.
The match will be played in front of fans from both Boca and River in a match that is designated as River’s home match.
Dominguez again criticised the fans’ actions but is eager for supporters to enjoy the second leg in Spain.
“The decision of the administration is that the match is played with supporters of both clubs in the city of Madrid, at the Bernabeu Stadium,” Dominguez told a news conference. “It will be Sunday December 9 at 20:30 CET.
“Spain is the country with the largest Argentine population outside of its country. Madrid is one of the 10 safest cities in the world and it has a great football culture. I want everyone who goes to show how to enjoy and have a good time.
“I sympathise with the players who were injured, and I want to repudiate what has happened. The ball is never going to be stained by unscrupulous people, it will keep rolling.”
Boca are appealing CONMEBOL’s decision not to award them the title after the attack.
The winner of the match is scheduled to begin the Club World Cup with a semi-final match on December 18, as they will play in the tournament alongside Real Madrid and other continental tournament winners, with the final set for December 22.