Conmebol additionally mentioned Thursday they’ll positive River Plate $400,000 for fan violence after the Boca Juniors workforce bus was attacked final weekend.
The President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, tweeted that his nation is already working “to ensure the occasion’s safety.”
The match was initially set to happen on November 24 however was canceled after rioting River Plate followers attacked the Boca Juniors workforce bus, throwing projectiles, smashing home windows and injuring a number of gamers — together with the Boca Juniors captain Pablo Pérez and midfielder Gonzalo Lamardo.
The groups are competing to be the champions of Copa Libertadores, which is the South American equal of the UEFA Champions League.
Historical past of crowd bother
Boca and River are the most important golf equipment in Argentina and have an extended and distinguished rivalry. The ultimate marks the primary time the 2 sides are competing towards each other within the event’s almost 60-year historical past.
For the reason that first official match in 1913 — which River received 2-1 — the 2 golf equipment have gone on to turn into the dominant forces in Argentina. Diego Maradona performed for Boca within the early 1980s earlier than signing for Spanish membership Barcelona.
What began out as a small, native rivalry within the working class La Boca neighborhood of Buenos Aires steadily grew to be the most important within the nation, with River gaining a repute because the membership for the wealthy and Boca because the working man’s workforce.
And that rivalry has typically been accompanied by bother between followers off the pitch.
In 2015, Boca was booted out of the Copa Libertadores after its followers pepper-sprayed gamers from River throughout the spherical of 16.
The incident occurred at Boca’s Bombonera stadium, as gamers emerged for the second half of a finely balanced two-legged match. The rating was tied at 0-Zero on the evening with River main 1-Zero from the primary leg at its crosstown Monumental Stadium per week earlier.
The match was deserted shortly afterward, and 4 River gamers have been taken to a hospital for remedy.
Two years earlier, one other fixture at La Bombonera was halted for 15 minutes after riot police have been introduced in to take care of combating within the stands.
Since 2013, there have been no away followers allowed in stadiums throughout Argentina, after a Lanus fan was shot and killed by a policemen earlier than a match at Estudiantes.
Copa Libertadores has additionally had issues of safety previously. In 2013, a Bolivian fan was killed by a flare fired by supporters of Brazilian membership Corinthians.