We are not going to play in Madrid – River Plate boss
The controversy surrounding the Copa Libertadores final second leg continues with River Plate now refusing to play the rescheduled meeting at Real Madrid‘s Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, this is according to Marca
With the first leg tied at 2-2, the second leg was due to be played at River‘s home Estadio Monumental, but an attack on Boca Juniors‘ team bus en route to the first arranged game forced its suspension before it was rearranged and suspended again the following day.
Now, a document signed by River president Rodolfo D’Onofrio mentions that the club is completely rejecting the idea of playing in Spain.
The statement outlines that playing in another country takes away from the competition, as it must be played under CONMEBOL and in South America.
Their most well-grounded issue with the arrangements is that it will remove the equality supposed to be achieved by having both sides play a game at home.
In closing, the letter explains that River “reserve the right to exercise all actions in the defence of the club’s legitimate interests.”
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