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Coach Boca Juniors: ’violence overshadows everything’

Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto is disappointed about all the violence around the final of the Copa Libertadores between his team and city rivals River Plate.

“This overshadows everything,” he said in a preview to the second race of the final for the Copa Libertadores, which is now moved to the Spanish capital of Madrid.

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Players of Boca were injured when their team bus was attacked by supporters of River Plate. The contest was then cancelled and go to another continent to move. The first meeting, at home in Boca, was equal ended (2-2).

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“The damage to the Argentine and South American football is incredible,” said Barros Schelotto. “Actually, we could now be talking about the performance of both finalists. However, that is not the case. It is just about violence. Unfortunately no one has learned anything from the past, where similar things have happened.”

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The Spanish authorities have been alerted and put Sunday about 4000 people in to riots to prevent. It involves police officers and private security office. It is thus the most comprehensive veiligheidsoperatie around a football game in Madrid ever. The expectation is that between 400 and 500 potential hooligans from Argentina happen.

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The clubs each have a 25,000 cards. In both cases, there are about 5000 to fans from Argentina to the crossing. The rest is meant for European fans.

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