CONMEBOL sanctions River Plate for Copa Libertadores fan violence

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CONMEBOL has confirmed that the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final between Argentine clubs River Plate and Boca Juniors will be played in Madrid on December 9. CONMEBOL president Alejandro Dominguez confirmed to reporters on Thursday evening what had been reported earlier in the day, that the game will be played at the Bernabeu, the home stadium of Spanish club Real Madrid.

Dominguez said that both sets of fans will be able to attend the match.

The South American federation also announced via an official statement sanctions to River Plate for the attacks that led to the movement of the game, forcing the club to play its next two home matches behind closed doors and fining them $400,000.

The final gained worldwide attention after River Plate fans attacked the Boca Juniors team bus on its way to the second leg over a week ago, which caused the game to be postponed after a lengthy delay. Rocks and other projectiles smashed bus windows and injured players in tow, and police tear gas used to break up the crowd also affected players on board.

The teams are tied 2-2 after an eventful first leg that saw home side Boca Juniors squander a pair of one-goal leads. The two teams are bitter rivals, both based in the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires.