River Plate president Rodolfo D’Onofrio has mentioned the choice to play Sunday’s Copa Libertadores final return leg towards Boca Juniors in Madrid shall be remembered as a “super disgrace for Argentinian soccer.”
South American football’s governing physique CONMEBOL moved the sport from River’s Monumental Stadium to the Bernabeu for safety causes after it was postponed due to crowd hassle final month.
Requested how the state of affairs could be remembered, D’Onofrio instructed El Pais: “As a disgrace. As an amazing disgrace for Argentinian soccer.
“We misplaced being hosts and that may be a big drawback. It is unjust that greater than 60,000 individuals have misplaced the chance to see the sport on the Monumental Stadium.”
D’Onofrio mentioned CONMEBOL’s choice was harsh and his membership had no duty for the violence that noticed the Boca crew bus attacked.
“The safety system failed, completely and completely,” he mentioned. “We had zero duty.
“River’s duty begins contained in the Monumental stadium. When Boca depart their resort, the duty is of the safety companies. Town and nation’s highest authorities already admitted that.
“It was 40 or 50 delinquents who don’t have any place in soccer. River followers usually are not to blame in any respect. They [the security services] mustn’t have allowed Boca’s crew bus to undergo a spot the place persons are able to most of these acts.”
D’Onofrio known as on followers to behave themselves on the match and mentioned: “Soccer has to unite.”
Regardless of robust safety measures being in place, Spanish police union federation spokesman Jose Maria Benito mentioned he was involved.
“There are going to be 5,000 officers however I foresee there might be incidents,” Benito instructed Cadena Ser.
“The safety has been correctly deliberate, however we’re involved about different people who find themselves coming to watch the sport however usually are not touring with an organised group and therefore can’t be managed, not simply from Argentina or Spain, however from Italy, Germany, France.”
Requested whether or not it was proper to stage the sport in Madrid, Benito mentioned: “Ask me on Monday and I shall be ready to reply that.”
Boca president Daniel Angelici, who mentioned it felt unusual to play the Copa Libertadores away from South America, instructed Cadena Cope: “Throughout the 90 minutes we can have to be rivals and exit to win however by no means attraction to violence.
“Soccer is union, ardour, love for a jersey.”