Carlos Tevez: We are being forced to play Copa Libertadores

Carlos Tevez: We are being forced to play Copa Libertadores

Carlos Tevez: We are being forced to play Copa Libertadores

The crucial second match of the Copa Libertadores final between Argentine powerhouses Boca Juniors and River Plate was postponed a day after the Boca Juniors bus was attacked Saturday, according to the governing body of South American football and Argentina state news agency Telam.

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The first leg of the Copa Libertadores final was played three weeks ago and ended 2-2.

Boca's players took to the pitch at the stadium four hours after the game was due to kick-off, still clearly shaken by the earlier events.

Tevez complained that his side were not fit to play the game, having been exposed to tear gas.

'We should be happy that we don't have a Boca player severely injured.

'It seemed to me that we could not play the game if Boca's players had been physically or mentally damaged, and from then on I did not make decisions, it was my opinion'.


There was also no information on whether fans who had tickets for game would get access on Sunday, or whether CONMEBOL would begin proceedings to punish River for the violence.

Boca Juniors has won the competition six times, most recently in 2007.

He and fellow Boca player Gonzalo Lamardo were taken to a nearby hospital while inside the Monumental thousands of fans remained in their places, awaiting official confirmation.

"Due to that situation, we consider that from a medical point of view there is no reason for the suspension of the game".

The delay was announced after Boca players were hurt when their bus was attacked on its way into the stadium, organizers said. We are being obliged to play the match. Under these conditions one can not play and the other one does not want to win like this.

'I'm exhausted and tired of looking at everything that happened, of seeing the people throwing rocks at a bus, I can't believe it, and the people next to them who didn't stop them, ' Riquelme told Canal 13. We don't have a leg to stand on: if we have to play, we are going to play.

The game had already been moved back on three separate occasions this evening, with Federation Internationale de Football Association reportedly threatening to disqualify either side if they refused to play.

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