The president of the Conmebol, the Paraguayan Alejandro Domínguez, announced officially in Asunción that the final of the Libertadores will be played at the Bernabéu. The South American leader also confirmed the private dialogue he had with the president of Real Madrid, Florentino Perez, in which he asked "if it was a very crazy idea" to transfer the final to the Spanish capital.
"This started with a conversation I had with Florentino [Pérez], with whom a great friendship unites me. I asked him if it was a crazy idea, and two minutes later he told me that the Bernabéu was available, "said Dominguez, minutes after the Disciplinary Unit of Conmebol rejected Boca's request. Its leaders had requested that River be sanctioned with the loss of the title for the incidents that occurred in the failed final last Saturday at the Monumental.
Dominguez listed three reasons why the Libertadores will be defined outside of America for the first time since it began playing in 1960. Until this Wednesday, Doha and Miami seemed to have more opportunities. "There [Madrid] is the largest Argentine community abroad, Barajas is the airport with the greatest connectivity with Latin America, and it is a city with a great football culture, "explained Dominguez, who also paraphrased Diego Maradona:" Rest assured that the ball never goes away to stain, the ball will roll. "
Given the criticism that the measure aroused among Argentine fans, especially those of River (on Twitter began to name the tournament as Copa Conquistadores de America, Copa Colonizadores de América or Copa Libertadores de España), Dominguez defended himself: "You do not lose essence of the Copa Libertadores. It is an extraordinary situation. " The leader also denied that Madrid was a suggestion by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, noting that "Conmebol is an autonomous body."
Unlike Argentina, where most of the games are played by only the local public, Domínguez confirmed that the spectators of the two teams will be able to attend the Bernabéu: "In this match there will be River fans, Boca fans and neutral fans. of other equipment. " The Paraguayan also announced that the presiding entity will organize "a fund against violence." Minutes before the brief press conference of Dominguez, Conmebol had reported on his rejection of Boca's request to win the final off the court. Last Monday, the president of Boca, Daniel Angelici, had announced that the club would appeal to the TAS in that case: "We are not going to play any game, we do not have the head to play another final".
Although Boca has seven days to appeal and continue their claim to get the points through legal channels, Boca spokesmen let it transcend in the last hours that the team will finally be presented to play the most Argentine final of all, of the most American championship of all , even in Madrid.