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Argentina's River Plate Refuses to Play Match in Madrid

03 December 2018, 07:14 | Charlene Valdez

River Plate rejects moving Copa Libertadores final to Madrid | SI.com

Copa Libertadores final: River Plate refuse to play Boca Juniors in Madrid

Former Barcelona star Dani Alves has slammed the decision to stage the second-leg of the Copa Libertadores at the Santiago Bernabeu.

River confirmed on Friday that they had appealed against the decision to relocate the match and are now insisting they will not take part in the game, accusing CONMEBOL of pricing supporters out of attending.

The email states there is a limit to the number of the tickets, which, according to Real Madrid, was agreed with Copa Libertadores organiser Conmebol.

"Football is based on national associations who play their competitions in their countries and continental competitions who play on their continents and then FIFA who can play its competitions everywhere", FIFA President Gianni Infantino said on Saturday.

Several Boca Juniors players including Pablo Perez needed hospital treatment for injuries caused by shards of glass and others complained about the effects of inhaling teargas in the attack last Saturday.

The title match of South America's club soccer championship was thrown into disarray again when Argentina's River Plate refused to play the rearranged final in Spain. It will also make the match less competitive.

"It's unusual", Valverde said on Saturday. "It is not a war, not even a battle".

They "must take a decision, they know all the factors", he said, adding: "It has to be played, nothing should stop football".

But, Infantino insisted that Argentina "does not have to feel ashamed" over the final being moved to Madrid.

"I guess we have to agree to it, it is up to Conmebol and the clubs".

River has issued an objection to losing out on the home-field advantage of playing the game in their Monumental stadium, saying their fans did not deserve to miss out on watching the final.

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