2019 Copa Libertadores

Sunglasses, belts and caps banned from Libertadores final

Football fans attending next weekend’s Copa Libertadores final in Peru will be banned from entering the stadium with caps, sunglasses or belts, and may also have to take breathalyzer tests before entry.

Sunglasses, belts and caps banned from Libertadores final
ALEJANDRO PAGNI AFP

The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) published the stringent regulations on Friday, just eight days before Flamengo take on River Plate in the final at Lima’s Monumental stadium.

"The National Police of Peru will have breathalysers to randomly test people who may be presumed to be under the influence of alcohol and they will be denied entry if the result is positive," part of the CONMEBOL statement said.

Flamengo players celebrates scoring their side's second goal during Brazilian Championship Serie A soccer match between Flamengo and Vasco Da Gama at Maracana Stadium.

"In addition, there will be no entry allowed to people with alcoholic drinks, drugs, psychotropic substances, stimulants, and there will also be no access with caps, sun glasses and chains/belts."

Ticker tape, balloons, and flags measuring a maximum of 2 metre by 1 metre will be allowed into the stadium, the statement said, stressing the regulations were part of Peruvian law.

The eagerly awaited final between two of the biggest teams in South America was moved to Peru earlier this month after weeks of unrest in the Chilean capital of Santiago, where it was scheduled to take place.

This year’s decider is the first to take place on a one-off basis at a neutral venue after six decades of home-and-away finals in South America’s equivalent of the Champions League.

River Plate's Gonzalo Martinez holds up the Copa Libertadores trophy after victory in the 2018 Copa Libertadores final soccer match between River Plate and Boca Juniors at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium.

The second leg of last year’s final between River Plate and Boca Juniors was played in Madrid after River fans attacked the Boca bus as it approached the stadium, smashing the windows and injuring some of the players inside.