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CONMEBOL Come Down Hard On River Plate After Libertadores Fiasco

CONMEBOL Come Down Hard On River Plate After Libertadores Fiasco

The second-leg of a final that has since been deemed too rife with potential dangers to host on the continent (let alone the country) from which the teams come from, River Plate have been severely punished for the behaviour of their fans before last weekend's proposed game with Boca Juniors.

Two fierce rivals from the city of Buenos Aires, River and Boca had drawn 2-2 in the opening leg of their Copa Libertadores final clash.

However, with the trophy set to find its destination last weekend, the Boca Juniors bus was met with a barrage of projectiles thrown from River Plate fans.

Causing harm to a number of the Boca players, Pablo Perez required treatment after getting glass from the broken bus windows in his eye.

With the game now rescheduled to be played in Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday, December 9, the expected punishment handed down to River Plate has been swift, and firm.

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Ordered to pay a fine of $400,000, the fans of River will also will be punished for their role in the whole fiasco.

CONMEBOL have ordered that the next two home games River Plate have in a competition organised by the South American football association will be carried out behind closed doors.

Although some will have argued that the club should have been eliminated from the competition, and the trophy be awarded to Boca Juniors by defaults, it is doubtful, perhaps, that they would have wanted to claim the tournament in such a manner.

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Arthur James O'Dea

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