CBF President says that public presence in the final “will depend on the fans”
— It was a meeting to preach peace. Football is joy. Those who are without this purpose better not go to the game. Watch on TV. Let’s go with spirits unarmed from any type of violence and with both sides able to coexist well. Both the presidents of Fluminense and Boca Juniors, as well as AFA and Conmebol, preach peace. The CBF also wants peace in the stadiums — said Ednaldo, who responded about the possibility of playing the Libertadores final behind closed doors.
— [A presença de público] It will depend on the fans. From now on, fans have to unite around peace because safety is above all. If by chance you don’t have that peace, it’s logical that you can have the possibility of being without an audience.
Fight between Fluminense and Boca Juniors fans on Copacabana beach
Later, Ednaldo Rodrigues confirmed the match with the publicbut reinforced that the decision will only be maintained “if the requested peace reigns”.
— It will be with the public, at 5pm and we hope that this requested peace can reign before, during and after the match so that it cannot bring any type of consequence so that they can think otherwise.
Conmebol wants to avoid being forced to take more drastic measures, such as holding a final without an audience. This would bring enormous harm to those involved and tarnish the image of the tournament. The decision between Fluminense and Boca will be broadcast to more than 150 countries and will welcome the president of FIFA, Gianni Infantino, and the president of UEFA, Aleksander Čeferin.
The meeting was not attended by authorities. Conmebol wants to involve the clubs and their respective confederations in this request for an end to violence between fans. The entity’s president, Alejandro Domínguez, is in constant contact with the Governor of Rio, Claudio Castro, and the Minister of Justice, Flavio Dino.
O ge found that Fluminense understands that public security problems are not the club’s responsibility. Also, the club informed Conmebol about the risk of confusion ten days ago.
There is dissatisfaction on the part of Boca Juniors directors with the safety of their fans in Rio de Janeiro and the behavior of the police towards them, who are not being protected. This Friday, there will be a flag rally by Argentine fans on Copacabana beach.
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The squad from both clubs will be at Maracanã in the afternoon to recognize the pitch before the decision. There will be a press conference for both coaches and team captains.
Fluminense and Boca Juniors compete in the Libertadores final this Saturday, at 5pm, at Maracanã. If there is a tie, there will be an extra time dispute. If equality persists, the match will go to penalties.
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