November 29, 2018 / 10:43 PM / 11 days ago

UPDATE 1-Postponed Libertadores final rescheduled for Dec. 9 in Madrid -CONMEBOL

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BUENOS AIRES, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The postponed Copa Libertadores soccer final between rival Argentine clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors will take place Dec. 9 in Madrid at the Real Madrid stadium, organizers said on Thursday.

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) disciplinary committee also said it would fine River Plate $400,000 for fan violence, and that the team will be required to play two games behind closed doors.

CONMEBOL announced the new date and venue for the decisive second leg the final that was originally scheduled to be played last Saturday at River’s Monumental stadium. The match was called off after several Boca players were hurt when their bus was attacked by River fans and police fired tear gas.

“The decision of the administration is that this game will be played with fans of both teams in Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium,” CONMEBOL President Alejandro Dominguez said, adding that the game would be played at 8:30 pm (7:30 pm GMT).

“The world is asking for an example of chivalry, sportsmanship and the values inherent to the sport,” Dominguez said. (Reporting by Scott Squires and Cassandra Garrison, Editing by Ross Colvin and Bill Berkrot)

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