Copa Libertadores Final Second Leg Set To Take Place In Madrid
The city of Madrid is set to host the Champions League and Copa Libertadores final within the same year with the suspended leg of the South American competition set to take place at the Bernabeu.
The Copa Libertadores final second leg was suspended twice last weekend after violence on Saturday night when River Plate fans attacked the coach carrying Boca Junior players arriving at the former's ground for the match.
The first leg at Boca had finished 2-2 but the second leg never got going after the violent scenes led to two Boca players having to go to hospital. The club then appealed to Conembol that they shouldn't have to play the game on Sunday as it was unfair.
Eventually the South American football governing body relented and postponed the game again. They then decided that the match couldn't take place is Buenos Aires.
It was expected that the match would take place in Paraguay or Doha but now there are reports that FIFA have intervened and decided the match will take place in Madrid, at the home of Champions League holders Real.
Qatar had reportedly offered a huge sum of money to take the game to the Middle East but it seems they have missed out, after Boca demanded the game be played at a neutral venue.
The decision to take the game away from Argentina is a blow for the country and doesn't reflect well on the fans in the South American country.
The new date of the game means that Conmebol's entrant for this year's FIFA Club World Cup will be decided just nine days before the team enters at the semi final stage.
Al-Ain, Team Wellington or Esperance de Tunis await Boca or River and the winner of the semi is likely to play Real Madrid.