Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Boca Juniors players hurt in bus attack ahead of Copa Libertadores final

Boca Juniors players hurt in bus attack ahead of Copa Libertadores final

Boca Juniors' bus was attacked by River Plate supporters ahead of the Copa Libertadores final first leg in some very ugly scenes.

Boca's team bus came under fire as it made its way to El Monumental and several windows were smashed after fans threw objects at the vehicle.

Perez had cuts in his arms, and an eye was hurt by shattered glass.

Carlos Tevez is perhaps the most high profile player involved for either side with the former Man United star a Boca legend but he has certainly been caught up in the panic with pictures of the player being helped into the changing rooms also emerging on social media.

Tournament organisers Conmebol, the South American football governing body, said the match at River's Monumental stadium between the local arch rivals would kick-off at 7.15pm (2215 GMT), more than two hours after its scheduled start time.

The final is finely poised at 2-2 after the first leg two weeks ago.

River Plate fans are injured after violent scenes outside the Estadio Monumental
Image River Plate fans receive treatment after the violent scenes

Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate, Sebastian Villa, Gonzalo Lamardo and Agustín Almendra were all severely affected by the tear gas.

"Pablo has just returned from hospital and has a bandage on his eye". His colleagues, even with time to recover from the effects of ingesting a toxic substance, could not possibly have been at their psychological peak for what is nearly certainly the biggest game they will ever play and the biggest game in the history of South American club football. "But the truth is we're not in condition to play". Its police escort made what locals say was the surprising decision to turn down Avenida Monroe, where it was surrounded by River fans and pelted with missiles.

Before the match was called off, Tevez said CONMEBOL was forcing Boca to play the match even though teammates were injured after the bus attack.

Having the desired effect, some of the players on board suffered from the ill-effects of this attack. I had an allergic reaction and there were players who could not breathe. He did not mention the fans, left hanging in a packed stadium for up to seven hours before being told to come back the next day. We don't have a leg to stand on: if we have to play, we are going to play.

"The players are all hurt, you can't play this way", Christian Gribaudo, Boca's secretary general, said in quotes reported by Clarin, with the club asking doctors to examine the players.

Predictably, there has been plenty of reaction to the madness in Argentina on Twitter, with ex-players, fans and pundits alike giving their opinion.

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