The wait is over. The crossed version is finally over. There will be a final. This will be in Madrid, at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, on Sunday, December 9 at 8:30 a.m. (4:30 p.m. in Argentina). Up there River and Boca must travel to determine the Copa Libertadores champions.
This was confirmed by President Conmebol, Alejandro Dominguez, at a press conference from Asunción where he repeated his opposition to acts of violence that took place in Argentina and asked the protagonist to send a message of peace to the definition.
"I want to repeat the curse of vandalism. Football will not stop because of this act of violence. We love many of the sports king. Football transmits values, it wins or loses, not kills or dies. We took a step forward, "began Domínguez.
And he gave details about the final organization. "I would like to thank the Spanish president, FIFA president and personally my friend Florentino Pérez, and all the cities that have expressed their intention that this grand finale, which is very much loved by us, can be done elsewhere. His decision was to play with both fans in the city of Madrid on Sunday 9 at 20.30. The door is open to all fans who support the goodness of football. "
The president stated that Madrid was the ideal city to play the game and was once again accused of fighting violence. "That bars don't think about traveling, there's no place for them."
President of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), Alejandro Domínguez, at a press conference. EFE
"I sympathize with those who were attacked, with them and with their families, I asked two clubs and their two technicians to send messages of love and peace, football is not violence, football is love and we have to take care of it. We face extraordinary situations and we must find an alternative city. We believe that the city of Madrid has all the conditions we need ", he said.
Dominguez said that last Saturday during the scandal at the Monumental stadium, Conmebol did not pressure the team to play the game and stressed that what was important at the time was the health of the players involved.
"When the players left in an ambulance we knew that the match would be suspended, and I knew it would not be played on Sunday., but I need support, which comes with medical records. "His condition is not given because everything happened outside the stadium," explained the leader.
In addition, he said that "the world is awaiting signals from Angelici and D & # 39; Onofrio" which in the last days were discussed through the media and the exchange of chicanes that increased the controversy surrounding the party.
As for the game organization, he said that there would be no reason to change the final referee so that he was expected to become a Uruguayan player Andrés Cunha the main triple lead.
After many twists and turns, Conmebol decided "not to make room for Boca's request" to disqualify River and give the Cup a victory and ordered "the Conmebol Competition Department reprogram the final second leg of the Copa Libertadores".
On the other hand, he imposed River "a penalty consisting of playing the next two home matches in the official competition organized by CONMEBOL behind closed doors, this sanction will start its validity in 2019" and he applied "a fine of 400,000 dollars."
Boca is expected to appeal the decision. Club president Daniel Angelici promised to spend all routes in Conmebol and even resort to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS).
Sanction to the River