CONMEBOL strip River Plate of hosting Copa Libertadores final

The letter also says that while a final decision on the venue had yet to be made, the final would be played on either December 8 or 9.

River fans attacked the Boca team bus near River's stadium on Saturday, pelting it with rocks, bottles and wood, and shattering windows.

Boca and River played to a 2-2 draw in the first leg at Boca's La Bombonera in a match that was also delayed, but due to weather conditions.

The match had been scheduled for Saturday but the two presidents agreed to delay the continental showpiece by 24 hours after some Boca players suffered cuts from broken glass and the effects of smoke inhalation when their bus came under fire from River fans throwing sticks and stones and spraying pepper spray.

The images were shared on social media and police, using specialised software, reviewed social network activity in detail to identify the woman and arrest her.

The municipality of Genoa in Italy has offered River and Boca the opportunity to play the game at the city's Marassi stadium.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) issued a statement three hours before Sunday's planned kick-off, confirming the match at River's Monumental Stadium had again been postponed at Boca's behest.

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Time to play the match is limited, as the victor will represent South America in the FIFA Club World Cup which kicks off in the United Arab Emirates on December 12.

CONMEBOL opened disciplinary proceedings earlier on Tuesday against the fans who attacked the bus.

The move comes after Boca Juniors' president Daniel Angelici asked for River Plate be disqualified from the competition and for the second leg not to be abandoned after Boca's team coach was attacked, leaving midfielder Pablo Pérez requiring hospital treatment for an eye injury.

The Libertadores is South America's equivalent of Europe's Champions League and it is the first time two teams from the same city had reached the final.

"Boca considers that [equal] conditions have not been established and asks for the game to be suspended and sanctions applied", the club had said in a statement reports the United Kingdom based newspaper.

"This is a disgrace that we're talking about a situation like this, because of a few misfits, for what is a game of football", said Dominguez, reports The Independent.

  • Lawrence Cooper