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26 Nov 2018 | 02:27 PM UTC

Argentina: Soccer final in Buenos Aires postponed after attack /update 1

Argentina News Alert

Second leg of Copa Libertadores final in Buenos Aires postponed until further notice after River Plate fans attack Boca Juniors players November 24

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/29/2018, 11:59 PM (America/Argentina/Buenos_Aires). COUNTRY/REGION Buenos Aires

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Event

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores soccer final was suspended on Saturday, November 24, after River Plate fans attacked the bus of the opposing Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires, injuring several players. The match, slated to be played at Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti Stadium, was first delayed to November 25 and has since been postponed until further notice. A new date is expected to be announced on November 27. A heightened security presence is to be anticipated around the stadium when the match eventually takes place, as well as elsewhere in the city amid preparations for the G20 Summit. Further violence cannot be ruled out.

Context

There is a long-standing intense rivalry between supporters of Boca and River, the country’s two major soccer teams. This is the first time the two Buenos Aires teams are facing off against each other in the finals of the Copa Libertadores, an annual tournament involving 47 teams from ten leagues across South America.

Advice

Individuals in Buenos Aires are advised to keep abreast of the situation, exercise caution around the stadium, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.

 

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