Carlos Tevez: We are being forced to play Copa Libertadores

Carlos Tevez: We are being forced to play Copa Libertadores

The second leg of the decider was rescheduled for Monday (AEDT) after Boca Juniors' bus came under attack outside El Monumental.

The presidents of both River and Boca met to discuss what to do and, shortly afterwards, news filtered through that the game was going ahead despite the bad scenes.

For the first time ever, the Superclasico, the biggest game in Argentine football history, is taking place in the Copa Libertadores final across two legs. Boca and River drew the first leg 2-2 on November 11.

'It seemed to me that we could not play the game if Boca's players had been physically or mentally damaged, and from then on I did not make decisions, it was my opinion'.

Clarin said six players had vomited in the dressing-room after gas drifted into bus windows smashed by River fans outside the stadium.

Shattered glass and thrown objects struck players, and some also suffered the effects of tear gas and pepper spray used by police to contain the violence.

Boca's Pablo Perez suffered injuries to his arm and eye and could not take part in the game. "But we were not in the same conditions to play", Angelici said.

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A one-hour postponement was subsequently announced by CONMEBOL at 16:45 local time (19:45 GMT), 15 minutes prior to the original kick-off scheduled by the South American governing body.

But now it has been confirmed the clash has been suspended and will now be played at 5pm local time on Sunday evening instead.

"Due to this situation, we believe from a medical point of view there is no reason to suspend the match".

Both teams, however, were firm in their reluctance to play the game, leading to a stand-off between all concerned parties as the hours tick away in the Monumental.

"I want to say to our families that we are fine because have not had any contact in the changing room".

There is, however, plenty of talk that the game could end up being played behind closed doors in the middle of the week, which would be hugely disappointing.

CONMEBOL president Alejandro Domínguez confirmed the game had been called off at River's Monumental home nearly three hours after the game had been due to begin.

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