River Plate arrive in Madrid ahead of Superclasico final with Boca

Boca Juniors ‘hooligan leader’ kicked out of Spain ahead of Copa Libertadores final

Boca Juniors ‘hooligan leader’ kicked out of Spain ahead of Copa Libertadores final

Spanish police said "one of the most significant" hooligans, with a long criminal record, was spotted at Madrid's worldwide airport on Wednesday night ahead of the South American club final showdown between the Argentine arch-rivals. Boca Juniors players were injured before the match when River fans attacked the Boca team bus with rocks, bottles and wood. River fans would go to the Plaza de Colon, while Boca supporters would go to the Plaza de Cibeles, known for Real Madrid's title celebrations.

South America's football federation, CONMEBOL, ruled River should lose the chance to play at home, with the game moved overseas amid fears of further fan violence.

Sources tell Goal that a proposal was put together to host the match in Florida shortly after fan violence led to the cancellation of the Boca Juniors-River Plate match at Estadio Monumental, but after initially being seen as one of the favorites to host the replay, Miami was taken out of the running after reportedly being turned down by U.S. Soccer.

The arch rivals drew the first leg 2-2 at Boca's Bombonera ground on November 11.

Fans have also started streaming into the Spanish capital in anticipation of the concluding leg of a tie that has been dubbed the biggest ever in South American club football.

One of those involved in the violence was banned from River Plate's stadium for two years and four months, Argentinian law enforcement officials announced on Thursday.

"River have a lot more pressure playing at home and now it is 50-50", he said.

Violent scenes caused the planned second leg to be postponed and moved
Violent scenes caused the planned second leg to be postponed and moved

"He is one of the most important and risky Boca ultras", a spokesman for the Spanish police told AFP.

"I think it's important for everyone involved to know that while it is a final, of course, it is a football match".

Both teams appeared in good spirits as they trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday.

The return leg was rescheduled and the venue changed by CONMEBOL for a neutral ground, Santiago Bernabue, the home of Spanish and European football powerhouse, Real Madrid.

"It won't be the same".

"I'll be turning on the television to watch it on Sunday but for me, it won't be the same, it won't be like the Copa Libertadores - it will be the most expensive friendly game in history".

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