Footage From Inside Boca Juniors' Dressing Room Is Very Distressing

Carlos Tevez Was Caught Up In the Tear Gas Attack On Boca Juniors Bus

The incident occurred three years after a Copa Libertadores last-16 tie between the same teams was abandoned at half-time after Boca fans attacked the River players with pepper spray in the tunnel.

A Boca official told the press that the pepper spray came from the police trying to disperse River fans. Having the desired effect, some of the players on board suffered from the ill-effects of this attack.

The attack shattered several of the bus windows and Boca players were cut by broken glass and also suffered from smoke inhalation due to tear gas.

Television footage showed River supporters hurling objects at the bus as it made its way to the El Monumental ground. Although this decision seems a little bit optimistic, perhaps. Had River won, Boca would surely have appealed against the result and in the circumstances, it would have been hard for anybody to concentrate on the actual game.

Boca's chairman requested the match be suspended, but South America's football confederation CONMEBOL initially would only delay kick-off for one hour, before extending that to two hours and 15 minutes.

In others, Boca players were being attended to by medical staff in their dressing room at River's Monumental stadium in the upmarket Nunez neighborhood of Buenos Aires.

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Boca do have options in attack with Wanchope Abila ready to lead the line accompanied by Carlos Tevez, Dario Benedetto or even Mauro Zarate.

Boca were saying they are in no position to play the game due to the injured parties needing medical treatment at hospital - however it looks like they have been forced to play.

Former Argentina striker Gabriel Batistuta was distressed by the scenes and said on Twitter: "Another opportunity lost in front of the whole world that observes us".

The midfielder Fernando Gago blamed "the presidents of Conmebol and Federation Internationale de Football Association [who] wants us to play". As the driver added: "For me it was a free-fire zone, we were coming to a football match, not to war". We don't have a leg to stand on: if we have to play, we are going to play. I had an allergic reaction and there were players who could not breathe.

Trouble continued with thousands of River fans breaking through security, so many without tickets were able to force their way into the stadium. The damage, though, to the spectacle and to the reputation of Argentinian football had already been done.

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