THE biggest showpiece occasion in the entire history of club football in South America has turned into a farce, and the authorities are stumbling around in search of a solution.
Those two great Buenos Aires rivals, Boca Juniors and River Plate, are meeting in the final of the Copa Libertadores, the continent’s Champions League.
Reuters10 The biggest showpiece in South American turned into farce over the weekend
AFP or licensors10 Rivals River Plate and Boca Juniors were meant to play in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final – but it was postponed after the Boca team coach was attacked and violence erupted
It is the most high stakes occasion in over a century of intense rivalry, and it is proving too hot to handle.
The first leg, at Boca’s stadium was an exhilarating 2-2 draw.
The return game was scheduled for Saturday – until the Boca team bus was attacked on its approach to River’s stadium.
Some players suffered the effects of tear gas used by the police.