Pablo Perez reveals Boca stars feared they’d be killed if they played vs River Plate after bus attack

BOCA JUNIORS captain Pablo Perez claimed he feared for his life after the River Plate bus attack – which left the Argentine with a severe eye injury.

Perez’s side were scheduled to meet River Plate in the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final, with the score levelled at 2-2.

ablo Perez was hospitalised after glass went in his eye during attack
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However, on Saturday Boca Juniors team bus was ambushed by River Plate fans ahead of the second leg, with two players left hospitalised.

Perez was among those injured with the captain needing treatment after glass went into his eye – teammate Gonzalo Lamardo also suffered the same fate.

Boca’s captain has now claimed he feared for his life, and admitted he was worried about what would have happened if his side had won.

Perez said: “I cannot play on a pitch where I know I could die.

Boca Juniors players were hospitalised after River Plate fans ambushed their team bus ahead of the Copa Libertadores final

River Plate fans clashed with police and Boca Juniors fans
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“How can you play on a pitch where there is no security?

“What if we played and won? Who gets us out of there?

“The people were crazy before going in, imagine if we won on their pitch, turned them over at their home ground, what would have happened? They could have killed me.

“And I have three daughters, my lady… my eldest daughter hugged me when I got home and she was crying.

Pablo Perez later returned to the Monumental but was ruled out of the game
Team-mate Gonzalo Lamardo also needed treatment
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Former Man Utd and City striker Carlos Tevez was left distressed by the attack
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“When I left the stadium in the ambulance, they were still throwing stones at the ambulance. It’s not a minor thing that happened.

“I’m really sad about everything, and also for the people of River. There is sadness for the people of Boca, for River and for the whole spectacle.

“My eye is irritated because glass flew from all directions.

“The episode was shameful.”

The game was set to take place the following day, however, that idea was also scrapped with a new date and venue yet to be confirmed.

South American Football Confederation, Conmebol, has opened disciplinary proceedings against River Plate due to the chaos caused by their fans.

The game has not yet got a date with a new venue also up for discussion

The federation said in a statement: “The South American Football Confederation – CONMEBOL – announced that the Disciplinary Unit has opened a disciplinary process ex officio against Club Atlético River Plate.

“Due to incidents that occurred on November 24, 2018, the date that the second leg match of the CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores 2018 was scheduled.
“The Club has been notified and has a period of 24 hours from the notification to respond to the allegations and present the evidence that in its defence it deems appropriate.”


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