Carlos Tevez blasts decision to play Copa Libertadores final in Madrid

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 8, 2018

"It is also true that he wants to play in another lovely stadium (the Santiago Bernabeu) and in a country like Spain, so it would be fantastic if he can then become a player for Madrid".

The River Plate midfielder is due to join Real Madrid in January or in June, with a transfer nearly finalised, and will play for his current side against Boca Juniors at the ground he'll soon call home.

The decision hasn't been well received by everyone, with River initially releasing a statement indicating they would not be playing the game.

Playing the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final in Madrid is "embarrassing for the people", says Boca Juniors forward Carlos Tevez.

"I think it is embarrassing for the people, not so much for the players", the former Manchester United and Manchester City striker told the BBC World Service.

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Exequiel Palacios has been standout performer for River Plate this season, helping the club reach the Copa Libertadores final.

Boca players suffered cuts from the glass from broken windows in the attack as they travelled to the River Plate stadium and were also affected by the tear gas used by police to disperse the crowds.

Following a quiet first leg, he'll need to show up in the second meeting ahead of his move to Europe.

The game will be played on Sunday evening, kicking off at 7.30.

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