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.
Things got wild when a Boca team-bus tried to wind its way through the streets of Buenos Aires en route to the stadium amid a sea of River Plate fans, who hurled projectiles at the vehicle as it sped past.
Boca midfielder Pablo Perez was injured after glass from the smashed windows entered his eyes but was due to start the match after receiving hospital treatment.
The delay was announced after Boca players were hurt when their bus was attacked on its way into the stadium, organizers said.
Further reports suggest that the driver of the Boca Juniors bus almost collapsed upon arriving at the Monumental due to the effect of the gases, while some of the players were said to be vomiting, with Tévez, Wanchope y Espìnoza among the worst affected.
The first leg at Boca's ground on November 11 ended 2-2 and the second leg was taking place at River's home in front of their own fans.
Carlos Tevez, Mauro Zarate, Sebastian Villa, Gonzalo Lamardo and Agustín Almendra were all severely affected by the tear gas. Perez came back from hospital - his eye bandaged - and would have been ill-advised to take the field. We are being obliged to play the match.
Copa Libertadores final hit by pre-match violence
"He said the game shouldn't go ahead tomorrow & suggested that CONMEBOL want to give the trophy to River".
River was given a bye into the quarterfinals and Boca was kicked out the competition.
The Boca president, Daniel Angelici, said: "We've had stones thrown at us before".
Boca eventually agreed to play, but kick-off was delayed by two and three-quarter hours and it was clear they were playing under protest. "I understand there is a lot of pressure on the presidents right now but I believe they have to do their job".
The midfielder Fernando Gago blamed "the presidents of Conmebol and Federation Internationale de Football Association [who] wants us to play". A lot of players suffered.
"They have not made a decision and this is not the best way to prepare for this game".
The match was postponed until 5:00pm Sunday local time (7:00am Monday AEDT). With entire justification, Boca did not want to play the game, while River came to the realisation that a title won under such conditions would inevitably be stained.
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