Major Argentina Soccer Match Canceled - Twice - After Fans Attack Players

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Conmebol President Alejandro Dominguez said "the conditions to play in Argentina are not right".

The final between the Buenos Aires arch-rivals, which was originally scheduled to take place at River Plate's Monumental de Nunez Stadium last Saturday, was postponed after River fans attacked the Boca bus prior to the match.

In 2015, CONMEBOL disqualified Boca in the round of 16 after River players were attacked with pepper spray on the pitch of Boca's La Bombonera stadium.

However, with reports suggesting a number of players were unwilling or unfit to play Boca requested another postponement just hours before kick-off.

In a press conference after CONMEBOL made the decision, Domínguez remarked that the match will be played with security outside Argentina.

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"Our city, close in a historical, cultural and sporting way in Buenos Aires, feels deep and indissoluble links with your two prestigious clubs, which were founded by our countrymen who emigrated from Italy to Argentina in the early twentieth century and are today twinned with our two teams, Genoa and Sampdoria". Doha, Qatar, also offered to host. River fans were able to attack the bus despite it having a police escort. The issue needs to be resolved quickly as the Club World Cup is due to take place in Abu Dhabi from December 12, although Conmebol's representatives won't play until December 18.

With the tie poised at 2-2, Boca players were left injured by shards of broken glass and affected by tear gas, which was sacked by police to disperse the crowd outside River Plate's El Monumental stadium.

The match won't be played in Miami or anywhere else in CONCACAF, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

The CONMEBOL winners play their first match in the tournament on December 18 and could face UEFA Champions League winners Real Madrid in the final. "Either all actors of South American football unite to remove violence, or violence will finish [the sport]", the letter said.

The Boca players and president, Daniel Angelici, however, insisted that they were still in no fit state to take part. Sputnik spoke to Gustavo Granero, a Boca Juniors fan, about whether the game should be played and how River should be punished.

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