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Argentine club, River Plate, rejects Madrid choice for Copa Libertadores final

By Newsdesk

The Argentine football club, River Plate, has rejected the choice of Madrid in Spain for the final of Copa Libertadores final against Boca Juniors.

According to the club, moving the final to Spain would affect the aura and excitements that often enveloped the match.

The club rejected the choice on Saturday, casting uncertainty over the December 9 fixture.

It would be recalled that the match between the Argentine arch-rivals has been moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu stadium after it was twice postponed last weekend after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus.

The match is due to be played in the Spanish capital on December 9, but River Plate said they “confirmed their rejection of the change of location”.

In a statement on the club’s website, River said it was “incomprehensible” that the game had been moved to Spain.

River said the club bore no responsibility for the “faults in the security operation” for the high profile fixture in Buenos Aires.

“It is incomprehensible that the superclasico cannot take place as normal in the same country where a G20 summit is currently taking place,” the club added.

World leaders including US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin are attending the G20 summit in the Argentine capital this weekend.

“The club believes this decision demeans the competition, prejudices those who have bought tickets and makes it unfair,” River continued.

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