For the first time in the history of the Libertadores (59 editions), perhaps for the first time in every important tournament, the final must be stopped due to an incident; more embarrassing than grieving. The sad honor was in accordance with Argentine football and the Buenos Aires city security forces. The most basic spring has failed since the game was there: to guard because it was because visiting delegates arrived safely at the stadium where they had to play a match. And under normal conditions.
Some capito from the police outlined a plan that was so crazy as crazy: that the Mouth bus crossed the road with thousands of River fans surrounding it. How to enter with a torch in a powder magazine. Outrage produces the expected consequences: misfits are destroyed with stones of several glasses of buses and have an impact on some players. Boca refused to play. Without the slightest doubt, I was not emotionally able to do it and there shame began. The final was validated from Saturday to Sunday and from Sunday to when God determined, because of men, it was difficult …
This time the logic in football is given: if in a country it can happen, it is in Argentina, and if that should happen in a special match at Boca. They are a hundred and ten years of extreme competition concentrated in bottles of 90 minutes. Very thick juice comes out. They have taken so much competition that they have come to this, that they can hardly play. Football passion is beautiful to experience, even if it reaches an irrational level as it loses all reason and naturalness.
The irrationality creates demonic spawn: barrabrava, the fan deformation they let grow and now it's hard to dominate. The monster is building a phenomenal business around football and doesn't want to lose it. Extorting, threatening, reselling and faking tickets, selling T-shirts, hats, scarves, "caring" cars. Someone found a good place to leave the car five blocks away from the stadium and, when it was closed, a man with a frightening, rude appearance approached him and said, in a friendly and intimidating voice: "Give me five hundred I take care of your car, father." because the idea was to see the game and return home alive (and with a healthy car), ordinary fans gave 500, very disgusted. Everything about them, ten blocks away. Of course, they don't take care of anything and they will watch the match.
And in classical terms like this, they make real luck. In the attack, on Friday, police arrested the "Cavern", the head of the Rio brave bar. That's $ 15,000, 10 million pesos (equivalent to another $ 255,000 and 300 tickets to the place). It is believed that, in retaliation, Cavernita ordered his men to promote riots. They usually ask for tickets to the club to watch matches; now to sell it. Then they went the same way, to the evil one: they put up a group of fifty, they came in droves and they attacked a gate. Poor control and the police are running.
In 2017, a similar event occurred on the River-Boca when the Borussia Dortmund bus was attacked with three explosives while the team was heading to the stadium to face Monaco for the Champions League. It was for the quarter-finals and the match was postponed for the following day. Marc Bartra, Spanish defender Borussia, suffered serious injuries: fingers broken in one hand and glasses held in both arms and hands. It must have been operated.
End of the world … Yes: the end of the third world. And we.
– Gabriel Meluk (@MelukLeCuenta) November 24, 2018
But it was not due to violence between fans, which showed exemplary behavior (Dortmund supporters even lodged in their homes their Monaco friends who had to stay) but attacks by private individuals for terrorist purposes or for economic reasons. EIn last December, hundreds of flamengo barrabravas without tickets damaged the Maracana fence and entered the office sector which destroyed and caused panic in the definition of the Copa Sudamericana. That is very serious. However, the final was played.
But that Flamengo and Independiente, even though it was a great star match, did not have the redeemer of South American football given to the Boca, where world journalism focused on the first La Bombonera and at the Monumental after that
"The end of all time" promoted ended in "All-time role," as very well defined by Claudio Cerviño in his column at Nation. Or, as Gabriel Meluk from El Tiempo said, "the end of the world is in the third world".
Dozens of journalists from Italy, Spain, Japan, England, Slovenia, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, Ecuador, United States, gathered on Saturday at Monumental, especially interested in the beautiful play of the first duel, 2 to 2 Also around 60,000 River fans left in ticket office 2.7 million dollars.
And millions of fans are pregnant in front of television in most parts of the world. We all feel the same sadness. They embarrass others, their own Argentineans. No one dies or is injured, not even fighting between fans, but a feeling of nonsense, the inability of the organization is embarrassing. And many people want this game to be played for a week, at night and by visiting the public. A delirium
If, in itself, an Argentine is not a tame and difficult subject to be kind, the community is experiencing a special stage of tension, exacerbated by extreme politicization and noise. Portuguese Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary general who will arrive in Buenos Aires on Wednesday, revealed in an interview his concerns about the escalation of "fear, intolerance and distrust in many countries." He seems to be talking about Argentina in particular.
This terrible Boca River comes as a warning to President Macri, five days before the start of the first G20 Summit in Latin America, which will bring together leaders from twenty of the world's largest and most important countries. The capital of Tango will be protected for several days. Can you take care of Putin, Trump, Merkel, Xi Jinping, Macrón, etc. If you can't with a Boca bus …?
Boca was attacked by the River public a few meters from entering the Monumental. He arrived surprised, annoyed and with his captain Pablo Pérez affected in one eye by splinters. So you can't go out and play games, except this final. He has the right and reason not to play.
"We have no previous logic and nothing to do with the previous match," said his coach, Guillermo Barros Schelotto. That's right Don't think about exaggeration: Perez reviewed the ophthalmologist in front of the witness and found that he had reduced 60% of his left eye's vision. And this is not table football, which damages dolls and we put others. Confrontation is denaturalized sportively.
The feeling left, by the actions and words of the president of Boca del Carmen, Daniel Angelici, is that Boca first tried to leave Monumental on Saturday; then see how to avoid Sunday's commitment without remaining as "no presentation", that is, the delay was carried out by Conmebol.
And he will go to the Conmebol meeting in Paraguay on Tuesday not to approve the date of the new dispute: he wants points and serious sanctions against River. Boca no longer wanted to play, was taking revenge in 2015, when he was knocked out of the Cup by Conmebol when a gold fan threw pepper spray on the faces of several River Plate players. At that time, the sanctions were well received and River was crowned champion. Now, before a very similar event, Boca requested that the River be sanctioned, which, in addition, was accused of having a huge political burden on the Confederation.
Someone launched Conmebol which will bring a duel to neutral ground. Impossible: Rivers will not accept. Besides, what politicians want to host …? This means receiving 25,000 Boca fans and others from River. You have to assign troops to control them. Santiago de Chile's attention next year, when they reach the only Cup final …!
This is just the first chapter of the story. This will continue.
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