Second Leg Of The Copa Libertadores Final Set To Be Staged In Europe
Real Madrid's home has emerged as the favourite to host the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between River Plate and Boca Juniors.
The Bernabéu stadium could host the game on December 8 or 9 after officials from the Spanish Football Federation met with their counterparts from the South American Confederation this week.
Crowd violence and concerns over safety meant the second leg had to be postponed and a bold decision was taken that the game would not be played in Argentina.
It was a stunning move and one which angered legions of fans of the famous two clubs who were meeting in the final of the competition for the first time ever. Other venues to have been suggested include Miami and Doha but it would appear Madrid is the new top choice.
A report from AS suggests Argentine president, Mauricio Macri, former president of Boca, took part in the talks and the two clubs accepted the proposal.
The first leg of the final was a thrilling encounter, finishing 2-2 and leaving the second leg perfectly poised. But some appalling events away from the ground led to the second leg being scrapped. The Boca Juniors bus was attacked on its way to the River Plate Stadium causing a number of players to be hospitalised according to reports.
The away team were making their way into the Monumental Stadium when it was attacked with a relentless assault of bottles and pepper spray. Several players were being reported as unable to play and in tears in the wake of the attack with the atmosphere outside of the ground getting out of hand.