Carlos Tevez: We are being forced to play Copa Libertadores

A young girl had flares strapped to her as she made her way to the stadium

A young girl had flares strapped to her as she made her way to the stadium

The second leg of the Copa Libertadores final was postponed on Saturday after Boca Juniors players were hurt when their bus was attacked by River Plate fans outside the stadium, ruining what was supposed to be a landmark day for Argentine football.

According to TyC Sports, Perez was sent to a hospital via an ambulance after suffering cuts to his arm, while one of his eyes had splinters in it from the shattered window glass.

However, in the build-up to one of the most eagerly awaited matches in recent South American football history, chaos ensued, making it all but impossible for the game to go ahead.

The incident occurred three years after a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie between the same teams was abandoned at halftime after Boca fans attacked the River players with pepper spray in the tunnel.

After Conmebol's original decision just to delay the match, Boca's former Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez told Fox television: "We're not in a condition to play".

Second, physical injury was suffered by at least two Boca players as a effect of splinters of glass from the broken windows.

Following hours of uncertainty, the game was finally postponed and re-scheduled for Sunday, 8pm GMT, with the news being announced via the stadium PA system.

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At the time of writing, there's no official word on whether CONMEBOL have chose to delay kick-off though they are believed to be holding discussions.

CONMEBOL initially postponed the match until 6 p.m. local time Saturday; kickoff was pushed back again, to 7:15 p.m., before the announcement was made by federation president Alejandro Dominguez that the game would take place on Sunday. CONMEBOL's medical staff issued a statement declaring that there was no medical reason for the match to be suspended.

The final is finely poised at 2-2 after the first leg two weeks ago. River Plate won the title in 1986, 1996 and 2015.

Early reports indicated that at least three Boca players were transported to hospital.

"They were throwing pepper gas, stones, everything", Clarin website quoted Juan Carlos Crespi, a member of the Boca delegation, as saying.

A video taken on a phone inside the bus shows Boca players chanting only to fall abruptly silent as the first missile strikes. No visiting fans are allowed in the stadium, following a 2013 ban on away fans to stop football related violence in Argentina.

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