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Conmebol opens proceedings against Boca Juniors after fan attack

River Plate progressed to the quarter-finals of Copa Libertadores after the abandoned match was ruled 3-0 in favour of them.

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News 16 May 2015, 15:45 IST
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The River Plate players were attacked with irritant spray by Boca Junior fans 

Buenos Aires, May 16 (IANS): South American football governing body Conmebol has opened disciplinary proceedings against Argentine club Boca Juniors after the club's fans attacked River Plate players with an irritant spray, the organisation said.

In a statement on Friday, Conmebol said the Buenos Aires club had until 2 p.m. on Saturday to present its defence of the incident. The attack occurred during the Copa Libertadores Round of 16 second leg between the Argentine rivals at the Bombonera Stadium here on Thursday, reports Xinhua.

The match was called off at half-time with the scores at 0-0. River won the first leg 1-0 and needed only a draw to progress to the quarter-finals of South America's top club competition.

Four River Plate players were taken to hospital for treatment after suffering an inflamed cornea.

Translation: Abandoned Boca-River game ruled a 3-0 win for River. Boca will not be allowed to play international matches in La Bombonera for 2 years.

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