Waiting is over. Folded versions are finally over. There will be a final. It will be in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Sunday, December 9 at 20:30 (16:30 in Argentina). There, the River and Boca must travel to define the champion Copa Libertadores.
This was confirmed by the president of Conembol, Alejandro Dominguez, at a press conference in Asuncion, in which he repeated his denial of the acts of violence that occurred in Argentina and asked the protagonists to convey a message of peace about the definition.
"I want to reiterate condemnation of vandalism. Football will not stop because of these acts of violence. We many love this sports king. Football transfers values, wins or loses, does not kill or dies. We are taking a step forward, "Dominguez began.
And gave details of the organization of the final. "I want to thank the President of Spain, the President of FIFA and personally my friend Florentino Perez and all the cities that have expressed their intention that this great final, very much loved by us, can be done at other destinations. The decision is to play with fans in the city of Madrid on Sunday at 9.30. The doors are open to all fans who support the good of football. "
The president noted that Madrid is the ideal city to play the game and again charged against the violent. "That bars do not even think about a trip, there's no room for them."
President of the Football Confederation of South America (Conmebol), Alejandro Dominguez, at a press conference. EFE
"I sympathize with those who were attacked, with them and with their family, I ask the two clubs and their two technicians to send a message for love and peace, football is not violence, football is love and we have to take care of it. an exceptional situation and we had to look for an alternative city. We believe that the city of Madrid has all the conditions we need ", he said.
Dominguez said that last Saturday during a scandal at the monumental stadium, Connemol did not press teams to play the game and stressed that what was important at that time was the health of the players.
"When the players went to the ambulance, we knew the game would be suspended, and I knew it would not be played on Sunday., but I needed to have the support, which came with the medical records. The conditions were not given because of everything that happened outside the stadium, "the leader explained.
In addition, he said that "the world is waiting for a signal from Angelic and D & # 39; Onofrio", which has been discussed in the last days through the media and exchanged shouts that increased the controversy over the party.
As for the organization of the game, he said there would be no reason to change judges to the final, so it is expected to be Uruguay Andrés Cunha who heads the main threesome.
The failure of Conmebol
After many twists and turns, Conmebol decided "not to make room for Boca's request" to disqualify the river and give the Cup a win and order "Conmebol's Competition Department to reprogramme the second part of the Copa Libertadores final" .
On the other hand, he imposed on the river "a penalty consisting of playing the next two domestic matches at official matches organized by CONMEBOL behind closed doors, this sanction will begin with validity from 2019" and he filed a "fine of $ 400,000" .
Boca is expected to appeal the verdict. Club president Daniel Angelis vowed to exhaust all the routes within the Context and will even resort to the Sports Arbitration (TAS).
Sanction of the river