Stay up to date with all the latest news on the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid and Boca's protest to have River disqualified.
Copa Libertadores live online: updates on postponed game
And here is AS editor Alfredo Relaño on the decision to hold the game at the Bernabéu, and his take on those who see the move as an affront to the competition's very name.
Here's AS's Argentinian journalist Verónica Brunati on the opposition that both River Plate and Boca Juniors are showing to the decision to play the second leg of their Copa Libertadores final in the Spanish capital.
However, it's fair to say that neither club is all that happy to be going to the Spanish capital: River Plate have announced that they're to fight the decision to move the second leg from their home stadium, El Monumental, while Boca Juniors remain intent on having their opponents thrown out of the competition altogether over the bus attack that caused the postponement of the originally scheduled game.
Said tickets are set to cost between 80 and 300 euros, with the distribution expected to be as follows: 5,000 for River, 5,000 for Boca, 50,000 for Argentinian residents in Spain, 5,000 for the organisers, and 10,000 on public sale.
Good morning and welcome back to our live coverage of all the reaction to the decision to stage River Plate and Boca Juniors' postponed Copa Libertadores final second leg at the Bernabéu in Madrid. The game is scheduled for 20:30 CET on Sunday 9 December, and the "mad scramble" for tickets is among the headlines on this morning's AS front page:
We're hearing more news to come out of the meeting. Remember the 'hold on to your tickets River fans as you'll need them for the rearranged fixture' line? Well, you can forget about that. They're now just a piece of paper with some redundant information about a non-existant game. Silver lining...the dirty thieves that robbed fans of their tickets as they exited the stadium. Ha!
Boca have released a statement saying that Pinto Ruiz and Del Valle (one of the most prestigious international sports law firms in in the world) to defend the rights of the club. If successful, the game will be awarded to Boca and there will be no action in the Bernabéu on Sunday 9th.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid are apparently being inundated with requests for tickets and media accreditations, with a club source saying that even the biggest Champions League games to have been staged at the Bernabéu are nothing compared to the hype surrounding River-Boca.
A few other logistical problems to be addressed ahead of the game. The final will take place on Sunday, December 9, on the final day of a three-day national holiday in Spain for Constitution Day on December 6. Madrid receives its highest number of visitors in these dates. In 2017, 600,000 visitors came to the capital, and the hotel occupancy rate was over 80%.
The latest bit of news on the ticket situation is good news for River fans with a ticket to the postponed game in El Monumental: those tickets will remain valid for those supporters who make the trip to Madrid and present their credentials at the Bernabéu turnstiles.
We're hearing now that the cheapest tickets for the game will be 80 euros, with the most expensive anything up to 300 euros. Nothing official yet but that's the word around the camp fire.
Diego Maradona has had a typically forthright say on the whole Copa Libertadores situation and the Conmebol authorities. Here's an excerpt we can print on a family forum.... "The truth is, they are a scourge on the face of football. These guys are not fit to hold these positions. Don't try and tell me that Chiqui Tapia, is in a position to talk about football."
There isn't a fat lot of information about how tickets will be made available for the game, but what there is can be digested here.
River Plate have also announced that they will be appealing against the decision to play the game in Madrid. "Club Atletico River Plate informs that it will make the legal proposals and the pertinent appeals in relation to the decisions of the South American Football Confederation [Conmebol] and its Disciplinary Court," the club said in a statement.
The latest news from the Copa Libertadores final: Boca are to appeal against Conmebol's decision not to boot River out of the tournament, so this may have a little way to run yet before the ball rolls off the spot in Madrid.
Meanwhile Boca are going to train at the Spanish FA’s grounds at Las Rozas just outside Madrid. They arrive in the Spanish capital on Tuesday.
River will arrive in Spain on Monday, and according to our sources they’ve reached an agreement with Real Madrid to train at their Valdebebas training facilities ahead of the final on Sunday 9 December.
Our colleagues on the paper side of things have Friday's front page out...
Cheapest direct flight we can find right now flying Buenos Aires to Madrid, with Iberia, leaving Friday 7 December and jetting home Monday 10 is €2,708.04. Journey time of 11 hours or so . You can do it for just over €1,000 with a stop-over (15 hours minimum).
In case you missed it, CONMEBOL's disciplinary tribunal voted 2-1 in favour of River Plate. The Chilean chap was apparently in favour of Boca, while Venezuela and Paraguay backed River.
Remember that in addition to the issue of the game being rearranged to be played at the Bernabéu, Boca Juniors are still rather keen on the whole “kick naughty bus-smashing River Plate out and give us the trophy now” concept. Following that line they are going to appeal Conmebol’s decision not to do just that.
Here’s a bit of news. It turns out the Spanish FA will be in charge of the tickets, meaning they get to decide how and where to sell them.
If Bernabeu is confirmed by CONMEBOL, it will be the first stadium to host the World Cup final, Euros final, Champions League and Copa Libertadores final.
CONMEBOL didn't want the Copa Libertadores to leave the continent but FIFA were the ones pushing for it to be played elsewhere.
BWIN, a Real Madrid sponsor have tweeted that it's official! Real Madrid will host the game.
According to TyC, Paris Saint Germain are making a late bid to host the game. Stade de France would be the venue if they can convince the powers that be.
River Plate have fought until the end. They want the game to be played in their home stadium, the Monumental, but CONMEBOL and FIFA are firm in their decision. They don't want it played in Argentina.
CONMEBOL decision coming out imminently.
Reports in Argentina now starting to agree with AS exclusive that the game will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Daniel Angelici has confirmed to Alejandro Dominguez that they will play the game even if the decision of their attempt to get the game awarded to them is negative.
Police are meeting with the government and with Real Madrid right now to assure situation is safe to play. CONMEBOL representatives also there.
The final will be at 20:45 in Madrid.
They are preparing the document that will certify the final being in Madrid. It will come out in the next few hours. The club, FIFA, CONMEBOL, and the Spanish federation are all in agreement.
Waiting for the 'okay' from the government and the ministry of education and sport. A Spanish ref will take charge also.
Game will be played at 16:30 Argentinian time.
Agreement made! Game will be played in Bernabeu on December 9th.
River Plate have played at the Santiago Bernabu five times but Boca Juniors have played just twice in the past.
The World Cup final in 1982, various Champions League finals, and now the Copa Libertadores final? Seems it might be.
But Guido Bercovich says there is a strong possibility that it will be played in Europe.
TyC Sports now saying that CONMEBOL don't want to play in Europe and that Real Madrid are pushing their case to FIFA and Gianni Infantino.
According to AS journalist Joaquín Maroto, a deal to see the game played at the Bernabéu is being viewed favourably by Conmebol, Fifa and the Spanish Football Federation.
Well goodness gracious us... now, according to La Sexta, the Bernabéu could be in line to host the Copa Libertadores final!
Camp Nou is still reportedly being explored as a possible venue. Spain has the third-largest Argentine diaspora in the world, behind the USA and Chile, so there is some sense to the proposal.
And here are a few million reasons why both sides may look favourably on Qatar's proposal. There's also the obvious logistical boon for the winners of being in situ for the Club World Cup, which kicks off on December 12. Qatar will split of a pot of $11.5 million between the two sides, with Conmebol also getting a share of that to swell its coffers. River will also receive $2.5 million in compensation if the game is not played at El Monumental, which seems increasingly unlikely. In addition, the winner of the Libertadores will pocket $6m in prize money with the runners-up getting $3m.
The latest emerging from Argentina is that Boca president Daniel Angelici is in a meeting with the Boca players and staff... we don't know what the purpose of the get-together is but it seems likely that they will be hammering out a decision as to their stance on whether to play or not if ordered to do so by Conmebol. Boca have officially stated that they are on strike until such time as the Copa Libertadores title is awarded to them.
Wow.... apparently Camp Nou has been put forward as a possible venue for the rescheduled game! A "group of businessmen" has reportedly suggested Barça's stadium stage the match, but as the city derby against Espanyol is on Saturday December 8, we rather fancy the Barcelona city government may not be too enthusiastic about the prospect.
Reports coming in from Argentinean broadacster TN now that the game will go ahead, "100 percent", on December 8 or 9 and outside of Argentina.
There is, of course, something of a precedent for Boca's petition to have River disqualified from the tournament. In 2015, Conmebol disqualified Boca at the round of 16 stage after River players were attacked with pepper spray in the tunnel of La Bombonera. River were leading 1-0 on aggregate at the time and the game was suspended before the second half after the incident. As Boca have noted in a statement to Conmebol: “Any sanction different from the one applied to Boca would bring a clear and unfair discrepancy."
And a few River fans couldn't resist... a few placards in the stadium read "Thanks for playing, Gimnasia."
River were knocked out of the Copa Argentina by Gimnasia La Plata on Wednesday, the first time Los Millonarios have been defeated in the domestic cup competition since 2014-15. That means that if the Copa Libertadores final goes ahead, River's only route into next year's tournament will be to beat Boca.
In a bit of good news for Boca, midfielder Pablo Pérez has been discharged from hospital following the attack on Boca's bus. However, he will not be fit to play any part in the Primera División match against Independiente scheduled for Sunday. Defenders Julio Buffarini and Leonardo Jara were also injured during the trouble last weekend and are unlikely to feature in the squad.
Meanwhile, Argentinean media outlet TyC Sports reports that Conmebol will pull out all the stops to at least stage the game in South America, or as close as possible, with Asunción, Medellín and Miami currently among the potential host cities.
It has just been confirmed that Argentinean president Mauricio Macri will meet with his Fifa counterpart Gianni Infantino today in a final attempt to ensure the game is staged in Argentina.
As things stand, in a nutshell, Boca have asked that the game be awarded to them and River have filed a counter-argument against being disqualified and ceding the tie, and the title, to their Buenos Aires rivals. A decision on whether to disqualify River is expected today, and if that does not come to pass, it will then be decided where and when to stage the fixture, with Doha - the venue for the Club World Cup in which the eventual winner of the Libertadores will compete - the frontrunner at the moment with a proposed date of December 8.
The issue has been rumbling on for some time now after the match was postponed last weekend when the Boca team bus was attacked en route to River's El Monumental stadium, leading to the supsension of the game. All of yesterday's developments are available here.
Keep up to date with all the latest news from the Copa Libertadores final second leg fixture between River Plate and Boca Juniors as Conmebol are set to decide today where the game will be played, and when.